Rather than feeling depressed and blaming the witch for her 90 years old look, she feels quite relieved about her look. She finds out that becoming old fits her style more; she doesn’t need to pay attention to her appearance anymore. It shows that Sophie tries to escape from all the pressure she felt as an unlucky young girl. Moreover, her new-look offers her an opportunity to escape from her predestined fate. As it implied in the excerpt 4.9, the magic gives her a chance to seek her own fortune and escapes from her boring life; while she is also searching for a way to break the
Disney’s Cinderella also has quite a similar jarring scene in which the stepsisters rip off the dress from Cinderella’s body in order to impede her going to the ball. Furthermore, another aspect worth considering is the impact the depiction of such hostile behavior in fairy tales has on female readers. Girls most certainly notice (whether they do it consciously or subconsciously) that fairy tales glorify and reward beauty (Lieberman 385). When they identify with the beauties, girls tend to become suspicious of their less beautiful peers; and in case they identify with the plainer characters,
While a majority of the “old-fashioned” people disagreed with the ways of flappers in this time, others saw it as a declaration of independance. “(…) the New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date—to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation. (…) She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny.” ― Joshua Zeitz. If women today decided to make these extreme of changes, no matter what, people would still discourage it and encourage it.
He says “Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply” (Fitzgerald 58). The “New Woman” idea became more popular as women expressed the desire for a more independent life. The idea that a woman could never amount to be socially or economically greater than men, an ideal that backlashed against the New Woman, is shown again when Daisy explains to Nick that she was saddened when she discovered she had given birth to a girl because all she could amount to was a “pretty fool”. Tom and Myrtle choose to have an affair together not because they are scared to leave their partners, but because they come from two different social classes and cannot marry each other or they will be looked down to by society. The affairs, excessive drinking, and the ideas surrounding women, all show the values of
When the girl starts challenging the maternal principles by disclosing her lesbian tendencies, the mother decides to adopt extremes remedial measures, thus turning into the archetypal character of the witch. While this strategy allows her to control her daughter’s behaviour, it destroys the reciprocal trust that links the two female characters. The mother is so determined not to give up on her plans for Jeanette’s future that she decides to turn the whole religious community against the girl, and to physically punish her through starvation and exhausting exorcisms in order to save her daughter’s soul and her own dreams. At this point, the mother seems to be willing to distinguish between Jeanette ‘the Wilful Sinner’, who rejected her teachings and betrayed her publicly, and Jeanette ‘the Perfect Missionary’, the holy instrument she created for the Lord. The maternal aggressive attitude profoundly affects the girl’s trust in the maternal figure.
In “All About Eve”, Mankiewicz’s depiction of female characters who act blurs the line between theater and life by exploring the notion of reality and appearances – Eve Harrington, for example, in her act of deceit, pretended to be (and therefore played the role of) a young widow to gain the sympathy of the other characters. In “All About My Mother”, however, we see an additional gendered layer to this theatricality – while the film has a female protagonist who is involved with acting and the theater as well, what was more obviously “camp” in the film is arguably the presence of transsexual characters such as Agrado. Not only does the presence of Agrado amongst the ‘real’ women reveal the everyday performance of ‘gender’, his assertion that “you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being” further emphasizes on the artificiality of life in the specific context of being a member of the LGBT community. In light of the aforementioned discussion and analysis of the two movies, it is clear that while artificiality can be said to be one of the “camp” sensibility’s most basic form, an additional layer of creation and interpretation can be produced from the LGBT viewpoint to include the specific topic of gender as
The sexism is often subtle but is always effective in getting the point across that you should just “act like a lady” or “man up.” For example Scout,a young girl that dresses like a “tomboy”, is constantly asked queries such as “What are you doing in those overalls?” You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady. You’ll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn’t change your ways.” She is told that if she does not dress like a lady she will be forced to work due to the fact that she will not get a husband. Girls in Maycomb are told that if they don't act like a southern belle that they will never be successful, will never marry, and will never be respected. Even young boys thought “that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them” Boys would tell this to girls to make them think that being a girl makes them not as fun or less important, and that all girls acted a certain way and that if you wanted to be a girl you had to act that way. Even other women told young girls like scout to act like a lady Aunt Alexandra said “[Scout] could not possibly hope to be a lady if she wore breeches.” Scout then said she “could do nothing in a dress”.
During the time period of the novel, women and girls were expected to act “ladylike”. They dressed up in fancy outfits such as dresses, and never wore overalls or breeches, which is what Scout prefers. Girls were stereotypically seen as weaker than boys, and Scout’s brother, Jem makes it evident to Scout when she is acting like a “girl”. Jem shames her by stating, “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home-I declare to the lord you’re getting’ more like a girl everyday!”(Lee 69). When Dill and Jem come up with the idea to walk to the Radley house and look through the window, Scout declares that she thinks it is a bad idea and she begins questioning them.
In the article “Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs,” published in The American Prospect in November 2009, Sady Doyle argues that it is not fair to criticize Twilight book because of its fan base, who are almost teenage girls. She emphasizes that the criticism focus more on the feminists than on the contents of the movie. Fan girls of Twilight are called "Twi-Hards" and usually described by squealing, shrieking and making loudly, but it is not necessary to see them ridiculously. Compared with other books, Die Hard or Tom Clancy novel has many people do not like it, but none of these books is mocked. There is a backlash of the Harry Potter since this book seems as an example of cultural "dumbing-down."
The Puritans may simply view the fact that single women had to be house maids if they were old enough as a way of keeping that woman safe, or to give her a role in assisting others. The Puritans may also view that the reason those judges were all claiming to be so erudite, but yet were simply fooled by a couple of teenage girls by that those judges were fooled by the devil or an idea similar to that, and not simply an act of injustice. The word "Sexism" was first used in the 1960's, which is even more of evidence to that the Puritans would have not viewed this issue as an issue, but simply to. this is how things are, and that is what people shall live
She began acting more grown up in situations like Aunt Alexandra’s dinner party. She forgot about how much she disliked her aunt and how much she hated wearing dresses, and she joined the group of ladies in their conversations. Even though she didn’t want to act like a lady, she went along with it for her aunt. Also,
The girl child... went on the fro apologizing. Why has society made us apologize for our beauty? The great big nose and fat legs doesn 't identify her it makes her unique in her own way. Beauty comes with flaws. “She was advised to play coy” instead of telling her she is beautiful she was advised to pretend everything is fine.Therefore, she was advised to lose weight Turning heads at night, looking around for hope comfort or love.