Calling her out shows that she is not blind to Ms. Hilly’s racist tendencies. This also leads Ms. Skeeter to feel outcast from the group, being the only one to see something wrong in making a new bathroom just to alienate “the help”. This feeling of alienation led her to think for herself and create her own opinions. Once that happened, her thoughts and opinions became more concrete and she became more confident in them. Throughout the book, Ms. Hilly tries to get Ms. Skeeter to print her bathroom guide in the paper until Ms. Skeeter tells her “I will not print that initiative” (331).
In contrast to past gender stereotypes, they argue that girls should be strong, independent, and intelligent. Orenstein takes a second wave feminism approach, meaning females are just as capable as males. She references how she commonly writes about feminism and warning parents of a “preoccupation of body and beauty” in order to pull for a change in society (327). The beauty standards give women an impossible set of goals deterring their confidence. In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329).
She chafes against restrictions put on by society, and is even buried in her original homeland. The female characters of As I Lay Dying do face hardships, but characters such as Dewey Dell and Cora set themselves up for it, rather than following in Addie’s footsteps. They are controlled by the patriarch-driven society and chose to accept it. Addie however, refuses to conform to this norm and ultimately leads her to not face the hardships the other women
The Handmaid’s are only seen as useful ‘asset’, the term ‘assets’ referring to their ability to still bare children, to the community and the couples. Offred describes what the Commander is doing to show the reader that she is not apart of what is going on, her body is being used, but her mind and soul is very far from what is happening. The Handmaid’s are all used in the same way, they are all being subjected to cruel treatment by the couples that they are being sent out to. The women are used as tools to repopulate society and the women are ignored as human beings. The only time the women are acknowledged by the couples is on the night of the ceremony when the women become ‘useful’.
The confinements of gender roles do not allow people to reach their full potential due to the lack of choice and self-identity that comes with a set of rules set and encouraged by societal standards. This idea is present in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale with the idea that from the lack of choice comes acts of rebellion against the government in protest of the roles that may not be wanted by all. Forced gender roles also cause the Gilead citizens to remain poised and proper in their roles out of fear, which in turn contributes to both genders being degraded by one another in order to protect themselves from being punished. Due to this, society would be destined to become heteronormative and leave no room for any variation among citizens. The importance placed on both genders fulfilling very limited and strict roles in The Handmaid’s Tale creates a miserable society with unfortunate consequences.
Elements of that type of society are sometimes more dystopian. Placing the book Anthem in the category of a dystopia is pretty accurate because the government is forcing collectivism into the society even though many are not in agreeance, people aren’t happy and are afraid to speak up, and the people don’t know the history about the
This is an example of strict laws because it shows how controlling the government is over the society. The strict laws shows how much power the government has over the people. Not only is the in forcing of strict laws made it harder to have individuality, but also the brain washing of their citizens. The Anthem’s society brain washing of their citizens was an easy way to remove their individuality. In Anthem the society brain washed their citizens into thinking their societies way of life was
In conclusion, Miss Strangeworth thought that the town people were corrupt and evil, but it was actually her. Miss Strangeworth makes unethical decisions that lead to hurt feelings among the people in her town. Miss Strangeworth’s intentions are to protect the town’s people from evil while her external actions create her own type of evil. Miss Strangeworth corrupts the relationships of the other people in town toward one another and towards her. In the words of Albert Einstein “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about
She would make me and my brothers come in the house before the street light came on. My mother do not allow any children to be disrespectful towards her. Unlike my mother, my father would give a child a second chance. He would talk to children instead of punishing them. I remember being expelled from middle school; my father and I talked about the problem instead of disagreeing.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were once noble people, but when exposed to the possibility of power and control, they turn corrupt, allowing their sinister thoughts to consume them. By portraying Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s loss of moral discipline, Shakespeare accentuates the calamitous corruption of human nature, and warns society that ambition without