The Universal Theme of Gender Roles:
Gender Roles are norms set by society that dictate what types of behavior would be deemed appropriate and desirable for a person based solely upon their actual or perceived gender. Gender roles have been placed on society since the beginning of humanity and we can find examples of gender roles even in holy texts, such as the Holy Bible. Examples of gender roles found in the Bible are, I Corinthians, 11:14 and 15 which states “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?”, this quote states the obvious long hair is feminine, you are a man,short hair is masculine, it is wrong to do anything feminine because you are a man. Another quote that can be seen as an example of gender roles is from I Timothy 2:12-14, and it says “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” The previous quote is really stating the origin behind gender roles, Eve was the first woman but also the first sinner, and her actions caused the release of all the “evils” upon the world. “evils” upon the world. Because of the unconscious fear that if women gain any type of authority they will plunge us deeper into sin, men try to confine women to small roles in society while they take on positions of authority, no matter the country or religion, and this is why gender roles are a universal theme.
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In the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The gender...
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..., “ Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain!Away to heaven, respective lenity,And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.— Now, Tybalt, take the 'villain ' back again That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio 's soul Is but a little way above our heads,Staying for thine to keep him company.Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.”(3.1.127-134).
Juliet, Romeo 's lover, and the other main protagonist in William Shakespeare 's play Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play Juliet is quickly brought into adulthood and this further Juliet 's involvement in the development of the universal theme of gender roles. In Verona during the time period of, Romeo and Juliet, women were supposed to be obedient to their Fathers and their husbands no matter what, but during a discussion with Lord Capulet, Juliet refuses , due to love for Romeo, to marry Paris and Lord Capulet throws a fit
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