While he suggests how to kindly treat one race of women, he emphasizes on how to womanize another. The culture associated with “How to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl, or halfie”, believes that women will act accordingly, and should be treated based on their own culture and race. In “Girl” by J.Kincaid and “How to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl or halfie” by J.Diaz both authors describe how culture influences the outlooks, and stereotypes on women. The expectations of females seen in “Girl” revolves around a strict set of cultural rules for women. Through oral transitions the girl’s mother spreads the beliefs of their culture.
As exemplified in Pride and Prejudice with characters like Mrs. Bennet and her child, Lydia, many ladies put money above love when it came to the subject of marriage. Perhaps the behavior of women in this time period is a question of nature vs. nurture. For females especially, society dictated class distinctions and parameters for retaliatory ridicule, while bringing emphasis towards honing “womanly” talents in lieu of formal education and opportunities. If a lady were to step out of the bounds of appropriate behavior, she would disgrace herself and most likely her family, thereby cutting them off from benefits that might otherwise shine upon accomplished personas. Mrs. Bennet’s least favorite daughter, Elizabeth, seems to be made of strong moral fiber and respectfully does not sink to the (often) poor matrimonial standards of her peers.
We see this when Jem says “I declare to the lord that you’re getting more like a girl every day” Here we see that Jem, however well educated by Atticus has fallen victim to prejudice helping the reader understand that however well meaning a person may be they still become influenced by the prejudice around them. Harper Lee uses Aunt Alexandra to illustrate what was expected of women at the time in a deliberately negative way. Scout observes this and says, “Aunt Alexandria’s deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets and wearing the adda-pearl necklace she gave me when I was born.” Aunt Alexandra’s view of life astonishes Scout and therefore emphasises the fact that her upbringing, up till now, has been a complete contrast to how other children would have been raised. We also find that gender prejudice does not only restrict girls in their choices but also boys. A key example is when Scout’s cousin Francis says “ Grandma’s a wonderful cook (…) She’s gonna teach me how.” Scout replies bluntly “Boys don’t cook” This reversely links with Jem’s prejudgment of girls an again reveals that even the children of a deeply unbiased and just man can become influenced by the ideas of a community.
Not only is there a strong chance that the book will bring back the use of the word Nigger, and other racist actions, but it also serves as a strong reminder to everyone, especially Americans, of a time in their country’s history that they would rather forget. However, isn’t education the key to stopping anything similar from ever happening? According to John Finch, the principal of Pasadena Middle School where some parents are pushing to ban the book, everyone is just over-reacting. “Children, young and old, are going to be exposed to racist ideas anyway, whether their parents like it or not.” “The school teaches core values that centre around equality, justice and diversity, and we have gone through a lengthy process in which we’ve talked to parents about the presence of the ‘N’ word. … We want to make sure children learn about justice and injustice, and one way to show that is to show negative and positive examples.” Ariel McSween, a 9th grade student of Pasadena School agrees with Mr Finch.
Instead of calling Curley’s wife by her name they say “Curley’s woman”, “a tart”, “the new kid and a jail bait”. If men talked to her more and started calling her by her name Curley’s wife wouldn’t flirt as much and would feel way more valuable than she did. She is first introduced by candy the swamper, who describes her from her perspective to George and Lennie. The fact that Curley’s wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a negative impression of Curleys wife before she even enter the section. Candy mentions that “she got the eye” suggesting that she is flirtatious and immoral, she flirts with other
However, the movie does not include all the content from the original story, modifying and leaving out certain themes. Since the movie has less time to tell the story, it often excludes scenes and characters, thus, leaving out key roles that these characters bring. In the novel, Aunt Alexandra, plays a major role in teaching Scout how to be lady like. She comes to help Atticus and points out that “...it would be best for [Scout] to have some feminine influence… before [she] becomes interested in clothes and boys” (Lee, 170). We see her bringing Scout to tea parties and dressing her up to develop a feminine character in her.
At the Netherfield ball Austen shows how Mrs Bennet’s overly direct, loud comments are an embarrassment to her husband and daughters as she loudly tells the guests on her table her mission to marry off her daughters. Although her manners are rather intolerable she herself believes she has good manners and her behaviour is acceptable. The social etiquette of the early nineteenth century was very different from todays as in it was expected for women in the Bennet’s social scale to better their position in life by marrying someone of a higher class and with money, women had no real choice of their marriage partner themselves it was usually their parents had to choose the right suitor as demonstrated by Mrs Bennet. Elizabeth found her mother rather blush making, “Her mother would talk of her views in the same intelligible tone. Elizabeth blushed and blushed again with same vexation”.
She tells these lies to protect herself from social ostracism. By nature she doesn’t fit the social stereotype of a woman. Being the perfect wife during this time was to be proper, unintelligent, compliant, in need of male protection and only of value as decoration, and as a homemaker and child-barer. On the other hand, her sister Stella is characterised as Blanche’s polar opposite fits the social stereotype of the perfect housewife. She lies about her husband’s vulgar behaviour and justifies it through clichés.
How to be the Perfect Women: Satire on society More and more young girls are taught to love and accept the bodies that they have. Women these days are aware that they do not look like the perfect women or act like the perfect lady. Why shouldn’t they? The only way to be an acceptable women in this society is to be everything society tells you to be. If you comply with the following steps, you have a chance of becoming a perfect and ideal woman.
We also find out in chapter one that she wants her daughter to be a “beautiful little fool” cause according to her that’s the only thing a female can actually be, just look beautiful and be a ‘little fool’ not be smart on an intellectual level. Her face was described as sad yet “full of bright little things” which leads me to my next point which is her relationship with her husband, the only reason why she married Tom was because he’s a bourgeoisie and he is well known and as she said “rich girls can’t marry poor boys” this quote emphasises her materialistic