Sexual Roles in Time of the Temptress Violet Winspear's Time of the Temptress may not be considered a literary masterpiece by many critics, but it does give a specific example of male dominant and female submissive sexual roles. Even though the novel contains no explicit or even implied sexual scenes occurring between the main characters, the actions and speech of Wade and Eve serve as a substitute for erotic passages. Eve is labeled as an obvious submissive character as soon as she was introduced in the novel. She appears as a helpless woman in the company of nuns. Nuns might be considered some of the purest and most vulnerable creatures alive, second only to children.
But apart from merely confronting the possibility of losing her fortunes, she accepts her king's decision with silence. She knows the consequences of her actions, yet does not stray from her ethical duties. Cordelia's reverence for Lear does not blur her comprehension of his folly.
She accepts what she has done; she even says “You know, I don’t regret a thing” (p. 25) and even embraces it, as her actions were practically a part of who she was as a whole. She does not care how she comes off to others, even if she is “rather cruel” (p. 26), she does what she wants and is how she wants to be. Another factor of authenticity shown is the rejection of stereotypes. For example, human feeling and going along with social norms pertaining to the consoling of those that are sad are what would be expected of a person in normal society but Inez goes on to say “Human feeling. That is beyond my range.
Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, suffers from a Madonna/whore complex, meaning he can only see women in two ways; as perfect and innocent or as dirty whores, without any ground in between. According to psychiatrists, this disorder may be caused by an excessive bond between one’s mother as a child, or conversely a lack of a bond, resulting in looking towards the one you love as a motherly figure, while nobody else can meet those standards. (Speyer) Holden’s experiences in this novel reveal to us this problem, as he cannot seem to deal with women at all. Even at times when he is Horny and wants to have relations with a women, he finds it impossible because they are either too perfect to sully or to dirty to console doing anything with them. This leaves Holden in a tough spot that he cannot escape from, and throughout the novel we see that he cannot break this problem and he cannot bring himself to see both the good and bad in women, as he can only focus on the extremes.
The woman’s needs and desires are not acknowledged even in marriage. Women are conditioned against any expression of their sexuality. The Nawab fails to realize that she has entered this marriage with certain hopes and desires but he totally ignores the sexual needs of his new bride . As he romances with the young boys “in gossamer shirts,” he never bothers to acknowledge the sexual expectations of his own wife, who lay lonely, restricted and neglected. The very fact that he purposefully kept a poor young girl to meet the societal duty of marriage, never bothering about how he would never be able to fulfil her sexual needs.How such inequality and oppression can lead a woman into a sense of complete loneliness and depression is another important aspect that is brought to light by Ismat Chughtai.
Curley's wife, comparable to most other characters in the novel, is a type of character with little discrepancy, moreover being the only woman in novel. Curley’s wife is demonstrated by her position and part. This part is however, being a possession of Curley or a wife. She is heavily insulted and looked upon as inferior: George and Candy call her "jailbait" and "tart", which supports the fact that he has no voice and as a matter of fact, no name – simply being referred to as Curley’s wife. Due to her lack of power, she attempts to gain it by leeching off those with power.
She likes the fact that he brings home money and the sexual part of the relationship. So instead of taking her and her child somewhere safe she stays and deals with the abuse. The way Stella thinks in that particular way, on relationships and marriage, is ignorant and definitely not something to look up to at all. Nobody is perfect enough to be a role model but Stella has some good and bad aspects of her character. We know that he husband beats her and she defends him and isn’t protecting her unborn child, but we as well know that she is such a positive and happy caring person to everyone and takes care of everybody, especially Blanche and Stanley.
Austen displays Elizabeth as an independent woman who does not cloud her judgment by the desire to be in a higher class; she is content with herself and does not need a man to be satisfied with life. She quickly judges others, which causes her to be lead astray from the truth. To illustrate Elizabeth’s eagerness to judge this quote serves as an example as she quickly judges Mr. Darcy, "And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody"(Austen 58). From her first encounter... ... middle of paper ... ... and until the resolution of the story do the readers finally feel happiness for the characters. The characters must overcome these struggles and, “to accomplish the author’s purpose, they must overcome both external obstacles and the personal flaws suggested in the title of the book”(Reisman 2).
These decisions are often made after one has a shift in morals after being condemned. Hester from The Scarlet Letter not only changes her mental thoughts, but she begins to break out of her initial condemned state since she feels that she has already broken all the rules that she could. As a Puritan, Hester was advised to not head into the forest since the Puritans saw it as a dark and sinful area. She was also a woman, and no woman was said to even come near the forest: “But Hester Prynne... outlawed, from society... she had wandered into a moral wilderness... The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dare not tread” (Hawthorne 180).
In the end, although she causes this ruckus, she is the only that gets away unscathed. Chaucer uses John as a symbol for the societal pressures that suffocate women into acting a specific way. He ends up getting punished, showing his wrongdoing, while Alison is set free. She gets a good result at the end because she does what she wants for herself. She does not let anything get in the way because she breaks the standard that women should just follow their husbands.