The Things They Carried Gender Analysis

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Samantha Folkerts Eng. 102 Gender roles Everyone is born with a sex. The majority of people in American are born either male or female. How we act and grow on our given gender largely is affected by our culture and social norms. From the day we are born were given a color. Pink for girls, and blue for boys. The parents, who are usually busy adoring their new blessing, don’t think that there already pushing social norms on their children. Women are feminine, they love pink and soft things, and have to be delicate and show poise, while men are the tough bread winners who should be feared and respected. In the story The Things They Carried, men where tough soldiers, and the stereotype of women staying home and being in the…show more content…
Beauty is a gender role pushed extremely hard toward women. To be the right size, and shape and have the “perfect hair” is a pressure most men don’t feel. I blame this completely on gender roles. Most men don’t care about the shade of red lipstick a women is wearing, or notice when she flips her hair a different way, yet it’s what makes a women feel beautiful? In the story a gift of the magi, one whole paragraph is dedicated to the main character- Della’s- worry about if her husband will still find her attractive, even though she cut off and sold her hair to buy him a Christmas gift. She curls it and takes the time to “reflect in the mirror, long, carefully.” After she cries and explains everything to Jim when he comes home from a rough day at work, he reply’s in a calm” I don't think there's anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less.” Men really don’t care much about little things like that. It’s a gender role created by social norm for girls to be pretty and impress the opposite sex. Also in the story it shows another great example of a stereotype commonly pushed on young women. When Jim gets home she always has dinner cooking. She stays home and cooks and cleans while Jim is out being the bread winner. I don’t disagree with any of that, but society itself made us this way. If a woman was to go out and work at that time doing a

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