Patriarchy Essays

  • Origins of Patriarchy

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    In our modern society men are in control of most resources and tend to have more power. This raises a question, has it always been this way? Is patriarchy natural, meaning it is set in our genes, or is it historical? In the first section of Worlds Of History Kevin Reilly provides various sources to try to prove his point that patriarchy is historical. He takes sources which show that in each stage of food production, those being hunter gathering, horticulture, and plough based agriculture, had different

  • Patriarchy in Hamlet

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    Patriarchy in Hamlet William Shakespeare’s Hamlet employs the concept of patriarchy in several scenarios and each on different levels. These levels of patriarchy, if even for the same character, vary in their role in the play. Three patriarchal characters are easily identified: the ghost of Hamlet’s father, the king Claudius, and the lord chamberlain Polonius. Despite their variances each patriarchy displays values and actions which are key factors in bringing about the cataclysmic ending to

  • The Continuation Of Patriarchy In Our Culture

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    forces of patriarchy to flourish. Although many people may not be purposefully attempting to continue this system of patriarchy, we each play a role in its survival. For many the problem is not that they are promoting patriarchy but that they are not challenging the system. In Johnson’s article “Patriarchy”, he is not examining whether a patriarchal system exists in our culture but what factors are driving this system to continue. The articles analyzed demonstrate Johnson’s theory of patriarchy by exemplifying

  • Patriarchy in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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    Patriarchy in The Metamorphosis Patriarchy, that is, the supremacy of the father in a family and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line, plays a major part in family life. However, the institution of patriarchy is not just limited to European cultures. In this essay, we will examine the instances of patriarchy in "The Metamorphosis" and compare it to instances in Japan. In the beginning of "The Metamorphosis," we can tell from the way Gregor's family is organized that

  • The Continuing Cycle of Patriarchy

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    rights movements in the late 19th century patriarchy, or a society dominated by males, was the norm in America. Men used sex and marriage to objectify and suppress women in order to maintain a society controlled strictly by males. The foundation of patriarchy was rooted deeply in the marital roles of men and women, one dominant, and the other submissive. Sex and marriage served as a mechanisms to shape the images of men and women in society. The system of patriarchy fed into itself to keep it going generation

  • Mutuality and Patriarchy in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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    Mutuality and Patriarchy in Macbeth Since the beginning of recorded time, the basic human distinction in human social order has revolved around gender; our sex at birth determines the role we will play in our society, the status we will hold in our culture, and even the structure of our daily lives. The biological reality that women can give birth and men cannot has led to a habitual consciousness of two sex classes, and, in the past, these two classes coexisted with equality in co-operative

  • Patriarchy In The Taming Of The Shrew

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    change to be widespread because of forces that oppose the change, connect to refutation-proof Katherine initiates this change but is silenced by forces of patriarchy Kate is assertive towards potential husbands, is not afraid to stand up for herself, and does

  • Patriarchy Case Study

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    Patriarchy: The Unknown Captivity of the Women’s Body The patriarchal system hinges upon the domination of women through implicit and explicit acts of subjugation by men. The society we, as human live in, has been subjugated to this patriarchy since the hunter and gathers era, and only in the last century have we seen serious waves of feminism to challenge the patriarchal society we live in. Although the domination is not as obvious as we have seen in the past, there still remains patriarchy in the

  • Patriarchy And Property Analysis

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    Patriarchy, Power, Property Through feminist theory we experience this story as something greater than a tragic slavery narrative; instead we can examine how power intersects with gender in producing a woman’s experience. Valerie Martin’s novel Property explores the continuous struggle for attaining power and the complexities in the moral structure of society, which rests upon the oppression of women in a patriarchal society. These societies consist of “any culture that privileges men by promoting

  • Challenging the Patriarchy in The Last September

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    especially Ireland, women were still frozen within a system of patriarchy that would allow them to do little to express their personal freedom or their ability to think critically and complexly. In Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September, Bowen explores internal conflicts in relation to the external forces that oppress the characters. One of the most pervasive of these external forces is traditional society and the history of patriarchy and misogyny that it represents. The Last September is a story

  • Individuality And Patriarchy In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, Chopin criticizes society by emphasizing society’s flaws, such as: expectations of women, society’s portrayal of individuality, and patriarchy. Kate Chopin criticizes society with cynical examples throughout the novel, in order to evince to society their flaws. Kate Chopin evinces these examples in order to society to take notice of their own flaws and “wake up” in order to become individuals and live in a life of liberty. Within The Awakening, Kate chopin criticizes

  • A Comparison Of The Patriarchy In The Life Of Christina Of Markyate?

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    Christina, though also losing her feminine figure, proves to be the strength against the patriarchy. For instance, Christina tries to disguise herself by dressing like a man and running away from her husband. In doing this, she stands up for herself and for the woman that she is, saying to her conscious that is controlled by patriarchal thought, “And making herself known by raising her finger…’Why delay, fugitive? Why do you respect your feminine sex? Put on manly courage and mount the horse like

  • Patriarchy Is Unnatural Research Paper

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    “Patriarchy is unnatural” Throughout history we see many factors that lead to the inequality of woman and to hierarchal governments dominated by men. Because there were many patriarchal society’s in history; legal inequalities, customs and religions were passed down through historical periods that imposed upon women based on the fact that women are biologically weaker than men physically and mentally. During the 1800s the theory that the weaker sex should be subordinate politically and socially to

  • A Streetcar Named Desire Patriarchy Analysis

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    patriarchal standards.” (Sue Monk Kidd, the Dance of the Dissident Daughter) In Tennessee Williams work A Streetcar Named Desire, the patriarchy of 1950’s America is on full display. This term is used to describe the dominance of men in society, men can and are hurt in its application. The author displays the economical, societal and psychologically effects of patriarchy on each of the main characters. “A society which is characterized by unequal power relations between women and men, whereby women

  • Freedom, Patriarchy, and Racial Oppression

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    Freedom, Patriarchy, and Racial Oppression The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte is known to have established existentialism in France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. Existentialism is the philosophy that states that the values people choose influences the choices they make and how they interpret the meanings of their decisions. When existentialism was introduced in the United States, it challenged Americans to access their ethical standards from a different perspective. America is

  • Patriarchy: Evolution and Interpretations in Historical Perspective

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    The existence of a patriarchal system has been one of the corner stones of gender studies since the first application of feminist methodology to historical thought. However, the definition and meaning of patriarchy have significantly altered since Max Weber sought to clarify term. Weber stated that “Patriarchalism means the authority of the father, the husband, the senior of the house, the sib elder over the members of the household and sib; the rule of the master and patron over bondsman, serfs

  • Patriarchy: Frances Burney As A Feminist Novel

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    respecting the societal rules, which are sympathetic to patriarchal control. When Evelina admonishes Mrs. Selwyn for rejecting the rules of conversation and society and begging for Mr. Villars approval in all of her actions, she is functioning under the patriarchy. This seemingly youthful and naïve hope is what makes it possible for Evelina to rebuff those that attempt to harm her because she is writing of the horrors to Mr. Villars and asking him, directly or indirectly, if it is acceptable that she rejects

  • Ligeia as a Triumph Over Patriarchy

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    Ligeia as a Triumph Over Patriarchy From the time that "Ligeia" was written, critics have searched for meaning within Poe's story of a beautiful woman who died and returned in another's body. While all critics have moved in different directions, many have arguably found an allegorical meaning behind the tale. Because many literary theories depend on each other, contemporary critics tend not to limit themselves to any single theory. Many critics employ multiple theoretical perspectives at once

  • Women in Ancient Times: from Matriarchy to Patriarchy

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    Women in Ancient Times: from Matriarchy to Patriarchy In addition to age, gender is one of the universal dimensions on which status differences are based. Unlike sex, which is a biological concept, gender is a social construct specifying the socially and culturally prescribed roles that men and women are to follow. Women have always had lower status than men, but the extent of the gap between the sexes varies across cultures and time. Images of women, mostly figurines of the same type as the "Venus"

  • Use of Patriarchy and Religion to Oppress Women

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    Evil, sinful, lover of Satan are just a few adjectives used to describe women throughout history. Nevertheless, women were not always portrayed as so. Women once held a strong and dominated figure within the society. In the ancient Egyptian society, women were equal to men in status and prestige. Within the XVIIIth Dynasty, women such as Nephertiti and Hatchipsoot reign the country "In that period, Pharaonic women labored in textile and carpet manufactory, traded in markets and shared in hunting