• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Women are trapped by stereotypes they perpetuate themselves ......women in 3 short stories

Extracts from this document...


Women are trapped by stereotypes they perpetuate themselves ...... It is a strange idea to think women perpetuate their own stereotypes - but is it so unbelievable? I personally believe this is commonly the case as we all have choices in life, but some women make some decisions that could cause them to feel 'trapped' or squashed into doing certain things and not others. Women can be 'trapped' in many ways, for example their marriage, or their job. 'Ice Cream' by Helen Dunmore is a short story illustrating this point; she writes of 24 year old model Clara, and her choice between ice cream and her job. Being a model, there is a lot of pressure to be thin, as some people believe fat people can't be pretty, and models are widely seen as being very pretty. It is almost a battle between Elise (who's relationship with Clara is unspecified) who wants her to ignore the temptation of ice cream, knowing she was once addicted to sugary foods. All the women at Clara's birthday are models, and it is soon made clear in the story they don't approve of eating 'badly'; as they tell Clara of many ways in which she can make up for it later; one, Julie, suggests making herself be sick. '" If you're that desperate, why don't you do what everyone else does?" ...read more.


We are let to believe she is innocent, like a child, as her reaction to his discovery is less than excited; 'The round of her chin was trembling like a child's before it cries: there was something in her throat so strong she could not have spoken it is it had been for her life.' He however does nothing to comfort her at this moment, but you almost feel he should care she is afraid of heights, because they are married. The whole story contains more and more flavours of this and the tension between the couple. She continually gives things up for him; she gives up her morning ot return to see the samphire, and she gives up her things so he can buy other things for himself. You can clearly see she is in a state near the beginning because of her reaction to him making her look over the edge of the cliff; 'Even then she writhed away, covering it by getting up and returning to the path.' The word 'covering' is clever because she is covering her emotions, letting them build up inside. Its as if each annoying little thing she does it just builds up like bricks inside her, and eventually she will collapse. And this does happen: at the end of the story there is almost a role reversal; she ends up pushing a man who clearly loves her off a cliff in the vain hope he might be silenced. ...read more.


Junior orchestra.' Women in previous generations pass down stereotypes, telling their daughter the 'right way to live is to....' Martha clearly wants more from her life, but has become stuck in a routine and feels trapped into one track of mind. 'If you have children, mother, that is your reward. It lies not in the World.' In the car Martha thinks of Martin's ideals, and how she desperately wants to be the woman he dreams of, the slim, cook, almost dummy there for his needs and his sex. This goes through the whole story, with her comparing herself to Colin and Katie, a young, handsome couple. 'But try, oh try, to be what you ought to be, not what you are.' This quotation for me sums up the whole issue and in conclusion, I believe that although there are many different stereotypes on women, not all could have been founded by religion or rumour, and particular women's behaviour cause certain rumours to spread. All the stories have an annoying tone to the writing, which could suggest not only stereotypes are frustrating but the people in them. Stereotypes can cause friction and some women to feel trapped and feel like they can't do anything they want, but if debatably women started these stereotypes, they can end them, and by breaking free men and women might start to see each other equally and respect each other more. 18/12/2007 Short Stories Coursework 1, 452 words 1 3 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Media section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Media essays

  1. Do Stereotypes Change Over Time? Using the Gangster Genre as an Example.

    are purely for intimidation, aesthetics, and "respect," all taking part in the "my gun is bigger than yours" culture. The knives are the traditionally thought of part of the stereotype because the guns are usually just for show, tucked into one's trousers to flash at people, and the knives are what are commonly used to kill people with.

  2. Moral Panic and media folk devils.

    Books, although being constantly promoted, are often seen as bad for children by parents. They cause panics when they have certain issues in them. Fantasy stories are often seen as bad by religious communities as they contain rituals and demons which can be connected with Satanism.

  1. How might a sociologist account for the high incidence of eating disorders among women?

    is portrayed is usually of a muscular man and the images are presented in fewer numbers and are not usually aim completely at men. The experiences and reinforcements for men as children mean that they do not develop the same intensity of complexes as women.

  2. AS Sociology Coursework

    Another ethical issue, is that I must acknowledge the possible consequences of my work and responsibility is closely linked to this, because its vital that I don't make any drastic conclusions with little supporting evidence.

  1. How do Little Britain and Shameless use stereotypes to create comedy?

    Examples of this are characters such as Daffyd- the homosexual Welsh man. It is noticeable he is homosexual, because a homosexual stereotype is used, by his tight leather clothes and feminine actions and voice. Another stereotype is the 'Min Mart' sketch, in which an Asian man runs a shop.

  2. Adolescence, Alcohol and Driving.

    * In 1996, over 17,000 people died in alcohol-related car crashes in the United States.

  1. Critically examine to what extent do the mass media perpetuate gender stereotypes?

    These are as Ferguson sees more like instructions than messages. Instructions that tell women how to live, how to think and act towards themselves, men, children and other key relationships within society such as bosses and colleagues within the workplace.

  2. Representation- How we stereotype.

    It confirms our stereotyped view- we do not need to think further. Also once a few of the traits seem to fit our prototype, we will immediately bundle onto the person the rest of the traits from the prototype even if we do not know if they fit them in reality.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work