Dr. Jordan's view of women in Alias Grace Essay

475 WordsSep 22, 20082 Pages
From his first appearance, Dr. Jordan seems to view women as fragile and sensitive, as he immediately starts reassuring Grace that she should not be afraid of him. He immediately objectifies women, as in the 4th section when Dr. Jordan writes a letter to a friend, Edward, in which he refers to Grace as his “subject” or “object of my observation”, referring to her as though she was an object with phrases such as “to have Grace Marks placed at my disposal” or “will be a very hard nut to crack”. This is also supported by him referring to Mrs. Humphrey as “an interesting study” later on in chapter 10. However, as a doctor, or a man of “upper class”, he seems to be somewhat understanding in the sense that he listens to what Grace has to say, and respects her. Concerning his mother, he states that her being constructed by others, meaning she lives on support from others, makes her notoriously fragile. He also criticizes the way which his mother overly values wealth, marrying for money and trying to make him do the same. Upon his description of Dora, he shows that beauty is a key point in making a woman attractive. He seems to believe that women exist to serve men, and women who fail to meet the standards of men are of no use. For instance, he criticizes Dora for bringing in his breakfast late, and immediately starts insulting her, calling her a pig. The likening of women to animals is also something that is brought up often by Dr. Jordan. Not only does he liken Dora to a pig, he also likens Grace to a dog, and refers to Miss. Lydia as a healthy animal. In the 10th chapter, Dr. Jordan speaks of the obligations of women as though it would be a disgraced to be one, saying that the way they dress deform them. He makes frequent references to whores and prostitutes, imagining Dora to be an unpopular prostitute, and calling Mrs. Humphrey “the better class of French whores”. He

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