There is one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that apply to women. This is evident in the home, workplace, and society in general. The problem of men and women not being equal can be traced back to the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are created equal. There was no mention of women being equal, only men.
Since men are privileged enough to have education, they hold jobs and make all the decisions. Thus, women are cast into the prison of acquiescence because they live in a world dominated by men. Since men suppress women, John, the narrator's husband, is presumed to have control over the protagonist. Gilman, however, suggests otherwise. She implies that it is a combination of society's control as well as the woman's personal weakness that contribute to the suppression of women.
The feminist literary lens addresses the imprisonment of women, and the imbalance of power between the two genders. During the whole of the story, John portrays his male dominant characteristics by treating th... ... middle of paper ... ...power struggle. The Yellow Wallpaper has profound symbolism that transcends from Gilman’s personal life. The dominance of John’s over the wife’s is a clear reflection of the dominant differences between men and women in the past. Through the interaction between the characters, and the wife’s inner thoughts, one can say that the women during the time period had very little or no freedom of speech.
Throughout the play it is revealed that women are the weakness of and therefore a threat to men. Although women of this era were to be submissive to men, they did have a small degree of power over them. Michael Cassio mentions this when Montano enquires about Desdemona. Cassio replies, She that I spake of, our great captain’s captain, (II.i.74) This is an example of the view Cassio has on wives – that they are the only people that can have full control of a man. Essentially this reveals the threat women pose as wives to the patriarchal society as they can exercise some control over their husbands and therefore having some control of the society.
Big Nurse Ratched is in a position of authority over a large group of men and is seen as a tyrannical and unjust ruler. Although most of her methods would have been seen as awful when used by any person, the saturation of bad women in the novel creates an unfavorable picture of women in general. The balance of power in the ward is never equal; it is either in the hands of women, or of men. Nurse Ratched is determined to take power from the men, while McMurphy is determined to win it back. Therefore, a push-pull situation is created, in which each group is attempting to take power from the other.
The female figures in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were a perfect example of women being dominated by men, women who tried to go against men ... ... middle of paper ... ...day they pose as the upper hand. Relationships were not the exception to this, men dominate women and determine their status in society, leaving them as blanks of society. Relationships were not perfect at all, on the other hand they love and hate relationships where love lacked in all its aspects. Being a couple meant being dominated and suffering, and not being able to have complete happiness. The relationships Walker presents are just agreements that woman had to complete in order to be accepted by society.
Comparing things now and things from fifty or twenty years ago the population of female chef have risen. In history females were the main suppliers and nourishers and they would stay home, clean , take care of the children, and farm. The problem is that with this things became too complicated for women and it was affecting their ability to have children they ended up eliminating the amount of farming work that that gave women which limited them to just having them do the cooking at home, taking care for their kids while the men were out working. Overtime, women’s advanc... ... middle of paper ... ...e able to handle the difficult than most women. the role of a female chef is meant to be played by motivated , passionate, and determined women who are ready to face the challenges that come within being a female chef.
Athenian Women’s Acquisition of Power through Relationships with Men Greek society held the belief that women had little common sense or logic; they had the natural tendency to move toward chaos and destruction. Women were thought to have the ability to destroy a man’s honor through their actions. Because of this, women were given no influence in the government of the polis or in their lives; they had no power. Instead, they were kept inside where they could be closely monitored by their husbands, fathers, lovers or protectors. Yet, as seen in Kathleen Freeman’s translations of Athenian court trials The Murder of Herodes, women were able to acquire power in the household, the government, and for their own betterment through sexual relationships, marriage, and family ties.
Historically, male dominated structures have had a hand in shaping the societies in which we live. These societies have fostered an environment that can be perceived as unfavorable towards women. As the "subordinate" gender, women have constantly had their rights impeded by men, governments, religions, etc. From lacking the right to vote to a lack of equal educational opportunities, women have been subjected to a system that perpetuates these injustices. Naturally, in the male driven political sphere, women 's issues have long been neglected.
This novel is set in 1979, a hard time for most Libyans as they were under the oppressive control of Gaddafi. Women are often mistreated by men, Gaddafi being one of them. There are different types of men in this novel, some rebellious, while some oblivious. We get to see the protagonist, Suleiman experience manhood for the first time and this helps one understand what is meant by being a man in this time period. In the Country of Men, the title of the book illustrates an image such that men control the country, leaving women out of the picture.