The fools that drive the story are three males: the sheriff, county attorney, and Hale. What causes these males to be labeled fools is their apparent blindness to the fact that, during this time period, the male dominance was considered normal and the females were expected to submit to their husbands. According to The New York Times, the males are, “blinded by ignorance and insensitivity” (New York Times Review). The males in this time period by being ignorant and insensitive to their own wives shows their character and just adds to their attitudes towards women. This also proves why these males are such fools because they just assume their women should submit to them, yet, they can be ignorant and insensitive towards them.
In this passage, through Theseus’ oration much is revealed about him. Theseus’ views imagination as foolish almost juvenile. Theseus’ believes people with vivid imaginations are so foolish, even the smartest people, including himself can’t understand them. Theseus also is agonistic about the supernatural, refusing to accept the act of believing in the supernatural as a way to bring joy and be seen. Through Theseus’ harsh criticism of the poet, madman, and lover it revels his intense stoicism and masculinity complex.
The narrator is pointing towards the fact that these men in reality are quite ignorant. During th... ... middle of paper ... ...omes up as to what is chastity? Poll declares that chastity is nothing but ignorance. It is decided that it is unfair to brand women based on their chasteness. I think Woolf raises the question of chastity in order to point the follies of men.
The misguided perception of masculinity is the absence of anything remotely homosexual. In Michael Kimmel’s novel Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men he discusses the contradictions of masculinity and what it takes to be seen as a real men. In American, middle class white society, manhood is more than beards and sleeping around with women, it is being as far away from feminine as allowed. The most foreign idea to most would be to consider a gay man to be “manly.” This unfathomable idea is what spurs on homophobia and gives homosexuality a foul name. To be called a “sissy” or “faggot” is worse than being called a “bastard” or “dick.” Shaking a man of his masculinity and naming him a woman psychologically destroys a man.
Plus he is able to manipulate people’s good qualities such as trust and love and use them for his own immoral benefit. It may be that Iago himself does not possess any of these good qualities so he cannot understand goodness or it might be that he is merely jealous of the beautiful relationships and noble people surrounding him and he has had enough. Whatever the reason, Iago purposely puts himself outside of humanity because he is egotistical in nature and feels that he deserves to disrespect everyone. Shakespeare, William. Othello.
Many homophobic men are gay themselves, however they are self-hating as society tells them it’s shameful to be gay, others are afraid of losing their power, so they try to act as “manly” as possible. Yes, men benefit from patriarchy’s privilege, however they have fallen as victims. Insecurity, self-hate, confusion, and shame are all products of masculinity, so how should men act? What would make them “masculine”? Hooks gives us an alternative to mainstream masculinity” what is and what was needed is a vision of masculinity where self-esteem and self-love of one’s unique being forms the basis of identity (70).
The characters are used to portray the stereotypically viewed male and female as well as the exceptions. Some characters show a combination of both views, while others are the epitome of a sexually comfortable, confident person. The combination of different experiences, views, and beliefs in the characters allows for many confrontational debates on what sex should mean in today’s society and in our lives. The first character we meet represents a stereotypical male of today’s society, Banky. He is portrayed as an ignorant homophobe who is quick to make a joke of sexual comment.
In our society, traditional masculinity is characterized by violence, danger, promiscuity, and a lack of emotions. This is seen as the ultimate standard all men must aspire to. This infatuation with standard masculine ideals has instilled people with a mindset of male superiority. Society’s glorification of masculinity is toxic because it encourages
Obsession in Araby In James Joyce’s short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confuses obsession with love. This boy thinks he is in love with a young girl, but all of his thoughts, ideas, and actions show that he is merely obsessed. Throughout this short story, there are many examples that show the boy’s obsession for the girl. There is also evidence that shows the boy does not really understand love or all of the feelings that go along with it. When the boy first describes the girl, you can see his obsession for her.
A male sext is viewed as a joke while a female sext is shamed. If a female receives an unwanted picture, she is under pressure to reply because that is what is expected of them. In essence, “this exchange tends to uplift boys’ popularity at the expense of girls’ reputations” (“What Teen