Moreover, men see themselves superior than woman because of patriarchy system. In the film, McMurphy did not listen to Miss Ratchet as a leader and is against all of her decisions as well. McMurphy refuse to listen to her because she is a female. She may be a leader in the mental institution but not to his
She is only addressed as “Curley’s Wife” – her real name is never said. This has strong suggestions that women at this time were men’s possessions, as if they were used merely as objects, part of their property and didn’t have the same rights as they did – women are inferior. The phrase “I don’t know why I can’t talk to you. I ain’t doin’ no harm to you” could me shadowing how women are simply seen as either virgins or whores. Curley’s wife is portrayed as being a whore – but this is only due to the way she dresses, her provocative ways and the way she acts around men, as if she is aware of her femininity.
One way Austen shows this is through Mr and Mrs Bennet, Mrs Bennet does not understand her husband Mr Bennet, and whilst Mrs Bennet’s aim in life is to get her daughters married to rich men, in contrast, Mr Bennet is not interested in family affairs and does not seem to think much of his daughters in general. 'They are all silly and ignorant like other girls.' Austen presents Mr Bennet and his behaviour as being wholly disinterested shown by his generalisation saying they are “all silly” suggesting a lack of attachment, his goal isn’t to get his daughters married and so doesn’t impact upon it. Unlike Mrs Bennet, who embarrassing behaviour shows an extreme contrast to her husband; her behaviour, ironically, does more to harm her daughters' chances at finding husbands than it does to help. "What is Mr. Darcy to me, pray, that I should be afraid of him?"
Further to this, it would also depend on at which point in the play we are making our judgement. For example, Katherina may be offending against her society’s expectations about women at the start of Taming of the Shrew, but does not necessarily do this towards the end of the play. It could be argued that in Much Ado about Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare presents Beatrice and Katherina as offending against their society’s expectations of women – the expectation that women should be submissive and act somewhat inferior to the male members of society; this also includes the view that women should not be outspoken. One of the only female characters who speak in the first scene of Much Ado is Beatrice, which portrays her to the audience as an outspoken character, and in this way she would be offending against her society’s expectations of women. Beatrice is a woman who openly defies both the courtly and bourgeois traditions of this time, ‘No, uncle, I’ll none: Adam’s sons are my brethren; and, truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred’, (II i, 431-55) in this speech to Leonato, Beatrice explains why
However, not everyone agrees with the heavy stereotypes laid down by the social order such as male dominance and proper courting. Marie de France is one of these people. She depicts her views of gender expectations through literature. Within the poem Guigemar, Guigemar and his lady fulfill and contradict what would be considered as gender norms within society: female inferiority, traditional courtship, and male dominance. Marie de France does this to criticize and combat the societal expectations and inherent inequalities in Norman England.
She cannot sacrifice her children and cannot bear of not being with Robert. Edna's father and husband control her and they feel she has a specific duty as a woman. Alcee Arobin, also attempts to control Edna in his own way. Edna knows she wants freedom. She realizes this at the beginning of the book.
In this instance, John’s social standing as a husband and a doctor conspire against the narrator’s enunciation of her illness. A metaphor is offered that serves as a reverberation of the author’s paradigm. Elaborating on the woman’s vision, “she is ... always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight” (Gilman 10). In its generality, the role of the married woman is obstructed by the public eye. The need to obey societal normality hinders a couple from venturing astray from the fray and furthermore, seeking independence.
She is hiding it from her husband because he didn’t let her write anything or do anything, because in Victorian times, women had less opportunity than men. Also women had to listen to what their husbands said as they were the heads of the house. The husband didn’t believe his wife which shows gender role and creates marital problem when he come to know that he was wrong about not believing her and she was mentally
Gender Roles World Literature I: From Ancient World to the Middle Ages ENG2002 UA Gender Roles When looking at Greek behavior in the time this is written it is evident that women were not considered equal to men, and the rules regarding women along with their station in life becomes clear. Greek women were limited in their freedom; often the rules and restrictions were placed on them were strict even by contemporary standards. In the story of Antigone by Sophocles the gender role plays an integral part to the story. Antigone defies gender by defying the king and as a result allows for a conversation on attitudes concerning sex. King Creon’s attitude on gender ultimately leads to his downfall and his ruin.
However, Shakespeare makes it clear that in fact others’ narrow-mindedness is key to Richard’s success. In addition, the women in King Richard III are able to see through Richard’s duplicity but have no influence with which to expose him. Shakespeare explores the inherent sexism of Yorkist society and how it leaves the women with no control. Richard’s eventual downfall comes as a result of insatiable greed and paranoia, and his fear of losing power clouds his sight, preventing him from comprehending those around him and ultimately leading to his death. However, even once Richard realises he can do nothing to prevent his defeat, he asserts that he would rather fulfil his hellish role with pride than retreat in cowardice.