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Compare and Contrast the Roles of Gender in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Bluest Eye

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´╗┐Jacob Roberts Access to Humanities Compare and Contrast the Roles of Gender in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Bluest Eye The gender roles in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Bluest Eye both have an expected norms which are two be followed, albeit ones that are dependent upon the time and social placement of those involved, they also portray a deviation from these norms. In The Yellow Wallpaper it is shown that there norms and values which must be kept to for a women to be accepted in society. To gain this social acceptance they need to be compliant to their husband?s biddings and be meek and untoward in the public eye. The repetitive use of the expression ?Personally, I? by Jane is a direct contrast to the female stereotype; it expresses a confidence in her own opinions and intelligence when she must rely upon her husbands. It portrays Jane?s resentment of the fact that her opinion is of no or little importance in true society. ...read more.

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?We knew she was fond of the Shirley Temple cup and took every opportunity to drink milk out of it just to handle and see sweet Shirley?s face.? Percola is constantly trying to become ?perfect? and reaching a celestial place of social standing no matter the cost even though it isn?t possible for someone of her race and current status to achieve such a thing. It is due to this that she starts to lose her grip on reality but unlike Jane who wants to break away from the norms, all she wants is to submit. Percola also creates a separate identity, one that she interacts with, which gives her the acceptance she has always yearned for. ??You are my best friend. Why didn?t I know you before?? ?You didn?t need me before?? There are not only the norms and values for women to be accepted in to society, but they are also put upon the men. ...read more.

Conclusion

?but that old Dog Breedlove had burned up his house, gone upside his wife?s head, and everybody, as a result, was outdoors?. This inability to live up the social ideals stems from his previous experiences of suffering, from having been abandoned in a junk heap as a baby and humiliation suffered at the hands of white men. He is a man easily capable of violence but he is also vulnerable as described when he soils himself after meeting his father. He falls apart when this freedom becomes a complete lack of interest in life, and he reaches for his daughter to remind himself that he is alive. It is this need for some form of comfort that Cholly can?t seem to get from a socially accepted way that helps push Percola to the brink. In both pieces of writing the female and male gender stereotypes are portrayed in different ways, however both revolve around social acceptance and the contest to live up to. ...read more.

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