Washington Irving Stereotypes

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Author Lois Wyse once wrote, “Men are taught to apologize for their weakness, women for their strength” (Anwer). These standards have been prevalent in society throughout history, creating the stereotype that the ideal man is always strong, brave, and self sufficient, and the ideal woman is small, submissive, and willing to tend the home. American short-story writer Washington Irving has portrayed these stereotypes in his works. As result of a mindset that was common for the time period Irving lived in, he has written short stories that portray unfair stereotypes involving the ideal man through physical appearance and an ingrained dislike against women as result of a struggle between the concepts of freedom and tyranny.
Sexism played a huge role in the everyday life of men and women during Irving’s time. Washington Irving lived in the late 18th century and the early 19th century. During this time period, women’s sole role was to take care of their house and reproduce for men. Although some women worked during this time period, they were looked down upon and had little power. Wedding vows completely gave a wife to her husband as they stated that women were vowing to obey their husband. Only men were allowed to divorce their wife and domestic abuse was seen as acceptable, as it was only another way of the husband “training” the wife and punishing her as seen fit. Women could only speak when spoken to and could be punished if they talked out of turn. Physicians at the time even
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