The effort society has made to produce ideal female and male roles has plagued the expectations of individuals. American culture has conditioned men and women to fit certain criteria according to their gender. Particularly, societal norms dictate how one should behave and dress appropriately. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman recognize the opposing standards between the men and women of the South. Due to the importance of gender roles in Maycomb, Alabama, patriarchal values are prevalent and active in the white community.
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” -Roseanne Barr. Throughout literature and time, women have been degraded and are seen as dependent on males through different writings. This is because of the ancient idea that men are stronger and more useful than women. The way that women are described in stories, whether through appearances or way of life, have helped further male dominance in societies and gender stratification.
Perception defines the world around you. It affects every aspect of your being: your thoughts, actions, beliefs, etc… In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch begins to understand just how impactful perception can be as she witnesses the deterioration of the dignity of Tom Robinson, a black man who is being tried for the rape of a white girl. In this intriguing read, Harper Lee demonstrates the theme of inaccurate allegations very effectively. More specifically, when inaccurate allegations that are solely based on perceptions are presented, the consequences can be significant, for others may suffer at great lengths. Perceptions are often incorrect when one is unwilling to believe or does not have all of the facts.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses subplots and symbols to inform her readers about the prejudice and hatred that still lingers today. To begin with, Lee uses subplot to give the readers an understanding of discrimination. Instead of your typical whites hating black-skinned people, it is the opposite. Calpurnia takes Jem
Lee gives the main character two standard female names, Jean Louise. Having two female titles in this time reinforces a women’s role in society as a ‘Southern Belle’. Furthermore Lee juxtaposes this feminine name with a masculine title, Scout. “Scout, I’m tellin you for the last time, shut your trap or go home – I declare to the lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl everyday,” – Jem Lee allocating a masculine nickname to Scout, accurately describes Scout’s personality. Moreover, contrasting Scout’s masculinity to the stereotypical female during the 1930s reinforces the gender stereotypes present in the
Literary Analysis Essay William Howard The short story that I chose for my literary analysis essay is “Brownies” By ZZ Packer. This fictional short story had a powerful meaning because it focused on how racial stereotyping can cause a lot of problems even among young girls who were attending a Girl Scouts camp. “Brownies” also showed how stereotyping can actually be harmful and can sometimes lead to hurtful consequences for the person who is the victim of it and for the person is guilty of stereotyping someone. I decided to do my analysis of this short story using the historical context element because of the long history of problems between the Black and White races in this country according to our history books, including
Females in this novel are undervalued and looked down upon because of the roles they are expected to portray. It is clear that To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates Feminist Theory by displaying the characteristics of females in submissive roles, females being “undervalued”, and differing standards of behavior for females. One way that To Kill a Mockingbird can be viewed through the lens of feminist theory is through examining females in submissive roles. 1 One example that shows females in submissive roles is when Scout wanted to go play with Jem outside but Jem was being unfair and rude. Scout recalls, “When I joined them, as usual I was told to go away “(Lee 22).
Whether he wants it or no." (Huxley 186 ) . This proves that sexually, women have equal if not more power than men. As the reader evaluates Huxley’s Brave New World and issues that it poses as a reflection of Huxley’s time, the reader must look at his own world and evaluate if these issues have vanished. The issues of conditioning, social and economic class, and the role of women are pronounced in Brave New World .
Women in society were and are treated like second class citizens, and for women, it’s time to be aware of this epidemic. There are numerous reasons why I feel so passionate and drawn to this controversy. Women have suffered for centuries trying to be respected in the eyes of society and men, but the people who’s had and still do have rough time is African American women. As a young African American woman, I find myself addicted to the truth and the hidden flaws behind the women’s suffrage movement. I want to further research on the first women suffrage movement to find out why was it ever okay to exclude black women and working class women.
It is a complex book set in two parts – the early 60’s and the late 60’s in Nigeria – spanning over the Nigerian Civil war. Gender is deeply explored in the book – within and outside of war. In the book educated women were seen as spoilt by older generations and women who could not have children were ostracized. Baby boys were given a higher value than baby girls, and during the war women were used as sexual objects. However, the book showed women in a strong light – taking control of the injustices set upon them.
In the article “Religions: The Basics” by Malory Nye talks about female writers, inequality and the distinction between males and females. In the article it mentioned how the term Androcentricism assumes that the male’s perspective and experiences are the most vital and key point of reference. I agree with Mary Daly that the concept of belief in a male deity leads to profound sexual inequalities. The reason I agree with Mary Daly is due to the fact there is a lot of gender differences and that women are viewed as inferior, while men are more superior. It is surprising that in western culture, they can’t go a day without woman-male distinction.
These oppressions persist today and so do their effects on black families and even more in young black people. Because Morrison makes the issue not only beauty but also our perception of ugli-ness in general, the problem of the “ugly little girl asking for beauty” is a cultural problem. Every time a young person looks in the mirror and sees that they are not as beautiful as a movie star or not as as beautiful as the television, magazine, and billboard ads tells them they should be, they feel the fear of rejection and abandonment, and through this novel, readers have experienced the emotional pain of that which destroyed Pecola. “Suffering with Pecola, knowing that pain con-sciously, feeling it, acknowledging it openly and directly, most of