She was hired to cook in front of a restaurant window dressing as a stereotypical “Southern mammy” (Lowe 3) to attract customers. While cooking in front of the restaurant window, Mrs. Jackson was laughed at by a group of white kids who called her “Aunt Jemima and nigger” (Lowe 3). Clearly, Mrs. Jackson was mistreated because the society she lives in ranks her race, Black, lower than her bosses', which is white. Lowe’s short story, “The Woman in the Window”, demonstrates a racial discrimination against Blacks during the 1940s by incorporating representation, stereotyping and ideology in the text. In order to illustrate the segregation of African-American, Lowe uses representation in her work.
At some parts in the book the women in the bridge club would talk about the maids in a mean way and make fun of them and talk bad about them. “I keep telling her, if that Minny can’t cook she needs to just go on and fire her”.....”Minny cooks fine.” say ole Miss Walter. “I’m just not so hungry like I used to be”. The book was set during the time with all the civil rights movements so this conflicts shows up a lot. “Yet I am neither thrilled or disappointed by the news that they might let a colored man into Ole Miss…..Roger Sticker, our local reporter, is nervous, smiling, talking fast.
The metaphor also shows that sluts are outcasts from society, a type of person that a baker would not want anywhere near his bread. This ending gives the readers the sense of the mother’s defeat, that after all the advice she gives her daughter, she may still turn out as the slut she constantly warned her against. Kincaid also uses anaphora, repeating the first part of a sentence to emphasize the meaning and rhythm of the story, “this is how you set a table for tea; this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how you set a table for dinner with an important guest…” (Kincaid 128). By reiterating the ways to do different household chores, Kincaid is showing the readers the domestic role of women, that it is the women’s job to keep the house in order and prepare dinner. The theme in “Girl” shows that the roles of a women are important and must be followed to be accepted and wanted by a man and
The mothers’ voices are powerful and override their husbands’ voices throughout the entire film as they are portrayed as the “woman of the house” instead of the “man of the house” and because of that, as women, they are seen as antagonistic, evil characters. In a scene where Coraline complains about the bad dinner with her parents, Coraline is told by her mother that her dad is the one who has to do the cooking, and her other mother does the cleaning, completely enforcing female stereotypes that the cooking and cleaning are to be done by the females. Despite Coraline’s ecstatic enjoyment of the “Other” world, it is brought to the audience’s attention from that scene that Coraline seems to be the one who is trying to enforce gender stereotypes into her own life and her family because of the fact that the “Other” world has another mother who cooks delicious food and another father who is silly and humorous. As Coraline has teetering opinions on her new house and friend, a scene is shown where she is taken to the clothing store to shop for her new school uniform with none other than her mother, the gender who is known to be the most prone to shopping. The “Other Mother’s” first appears in the film stereotypically cooking in the kitchen and a majority throughout the film, she is most often seen cooking delicious food for Coraline.
However, women’s rights are no longer fought for. He repeats the fact of oppression several times by mentioning the fact that his wife often worked in the kitchen. In the last line, he states, “This seemed pretty accurate to me, so I thought I’d just tack it on to the end here, while she makes waffles.” This shows that women are still oppressed because they consistently work in the kitchen due to the sole fact that their husbands do not. It reinforces the argument by comparing it as a basis to prove that gender stereotypes are as wrong as sexism.
Though these decisions are what she feels is right, it does not work out for the rest of the family members. The mother’s stubbornness towards change and education caused the state of desperation in the house-hold. The mother gave birth to six daughters. The daughters all got jobs at a seafood restaurant ran by a man from Boston. All of the sisters “made good money on tips” (MacLeod 268) but even though they made a respectable income the mother “was angry [her daughters] should even conceive of working in such a place” (MacLeod 267).
From some perspective, Katniss indeed challenges gender stereotypes. After the death of Katniss’s father, she takes his role as a breadwinner. As a great hunter, she breaks the stereotypical roles that require female to be submissive and passive. Moreover, Katniss can be considered as aggressive comparing with her sweet sister due to her impatience; she has no tolerate of being disrespected, and can hardly control her emotion while being angry. When Haymitch Abernathy ignores her words, instead of patiently repeating one more time, she throws her knife to catch his attention.
Instead of making the ugly daughter work to get rid of her laziness, she makes the pretty girl do all of the house work and allows the ugly daughter to remain lazy, but the pretty girl does not complain. The ugly sister and her mother treat the pretty sister very poorly and give her no respect. They make her clean and tend to all the chores of the house. Her mother also makes her spin thread by a well everyday. After the pretty one loses the spindle down the well, the mother yells and scolds her for doing such a stupid thing and tells her to get the spindle back.
To be honest, I did expect the person at the door to be Earnest Hemmingway himself, for he really was the only one that mattered to me tonight and I had done this whole stupid dinner for him. But it wasn?t him it was my co-workers. ?Is he here, has he arrived? Jules demanded to know as she furrowed her brow at me, making her already terrible wrinkles even worse. She was my least favorite of all my coworkers, and if she liked me at all she never made it conspicuous.
When the thought occurred to Scout she dismissed it as Mrs. Caroline’s foolishness. Then later during the school day Mrs. Caroline offers Walter Cunningham a quarter for lunch and at the moment Scout tries to explain to Mrs. Caroline that Cunningham’s never took what they could not repay. But instead this episode got her in trouble and Mrs. Caroline told Scout “You’re starting off on the wrong foot, in every way my dear” (Lee 28). The remark from Mrs. Caroline made Scout angry and during recess she had a brawl with Walter Cunningham which ends in Jem inviting Walter Cunningham over for dinner. During dinner Scout who is oblivious to the Cunningham’s lifestyle impulsively states that “Walter has gone and drowned his dinner in syrup” (Lee 32) the remark led to Calpurnia scolding Scout and telling her that Walter is her company and she needs to be more respectful.