Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Not Another Feminism Essay: How does societies stereotyping of gender affect men, women, and their relationships? Through out history it has been an accepted idea that women stay home and men go out and work. Stereotypes play a major role in society’s views of people and the way that people treat each other. Today, gender remains one of the most common causes of stereotypical perceptions. Women have always been seen as the weaker gender giving all power and control to men in most situations.The theme is shown in many novels in which the idea affects the way men treat women and vice-versa. For example in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, most of the book focuses on Janie learning to take control of her own life instead of relying on a husband. She was raised by her grandmother who insisted Janie get married young because there was no other way for a girl to survive on her own. Janie was treated like a child by her first husband and property by her second, both because the man felt that he was stronger, smarter, and more important than her and Janie accepted this treatment because she was raised by those principles and believed that that was the way things were.The evolution of females and females gaining power and respect is evident in modern writing. As time went on female characters have become the heroines in popular books leading up to The Hunger Games and Divergent . These novels have brave and strong female main characters that would have been looked strangely at or even bewilder a reading audience years ago. From a young age children are taught the definition of masculine and feminine in society. Boys were taught what boys were supposed to be and girls were shown how they needed to act. According to societies basic perception of a man he should be “in charge” and tough. when Tea Cake beat Janie he was applauded and the other men were
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