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Compare and contrast how gender roles are represented in a variety of love poems.

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Candidate number: Compare and contrast how gender roles are represented in a variety of love poems. Introduction In my course work I will be comparing and contrasting how gender roles are represented in a variety of love poems. Gender roles love, marriage and sex have changed since the 1800's.Now people have sex and get married because they want to make love to each other and have a nice family, wanting to spend their life with the perfect partner, together making a commitment to each other. Where as in the 1800's people only got married because they wanted to raise their status and to have children to help them work and earn financial income, when they would be old they could take over their business. In the 1800's it was much different from now because then if you was a woman you wouldn't be able to get a job that you wanted to get, the only jobs which were available where to be a teacher or a domestic servant. Whereas now, if you're a woman you could get any job you want, having the equivalent pay and respect as a male worker, there are no differences between males and females. In the 1800's if a woman would had broke off her wedding, she would risk living the rest of her life as a spinster meaning they really didn't have a choice in their lives. The court and the society's views on adultery where, the court treated the women and the men unequally, the court would always be in favour of the men where as Now in the modern days women are treated equally, both men and woman have the same rights. The poem ''The Seduction'' is set in Liverpool in the 1980's, it shows how the male feels and acts towards the female in an unmannered way. The poem is about a man who wants to trick an innocent girl into having sex with him without thinking about the consequences he could cause for her. ...read more.

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The male in 'Cousin Kate' never thought about the females feelings because he used his money and power to take control over them and play with their feelings and emotions. The poets view on rich men in the 1800's is that they only want one thing off women is sex. They really didn't care about any ones feelings except there own and that were very ignorant. The narrator thinks it's not fair the way society are stricter and harsher on women's sexuality because women's punishments where much stricter than the punishments which the males were given. Woman who left the relationship had to live alone and be called a spinster whereas the males could get married again and make a new family so the female had a greater punishment than the male which she finds is unfair and sexist. The courts were stricter on women because they thought women had no rights and men were the leaders of everything, where as now men and women are equal and are, treated the same. The male was in control of the relationship because he decided what happens in the relationship and what goes on between them. Rossetti wants us to feel sympathy for the female because she had been used for sex and she cannot do anything about it except for living alone her howl life. This poem was originated and found in the New Testament books of Matthew (Chapter 14.6-11) and marks (6.22-28), and took place about AD 30. The poem Salome by Carol Ann Duffy is about the character Salome who is a powerful woman who is in control of everyone she has sex with, a quote to show this is, "Good looking of course dark hair, rather mattered", this is showing that she choose who she wanted to have sex with where as in the other poems the males would choose which females they want to have sex with, this also shows that she can get any man she wants, but she still wants the best and just wants to use him for sex because she thinks a lot of herself. ...read more.

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In the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' the male is just desperate to have sex, but the female wants to take her time. in there it shows how he only wants sex because he's talking about her eyes and then jumps straight to her breasts, this indicates that he only wants sex with her. whereas in the poems Salome and I want to be yours are different because the male in Salome is the one who gets used by the female where as in all the other poems it's the males taking advantage over the females, in I want to be yours the male isn't after sex he wants to spend his entire life with the female, and he shows how much he really cares about her. So out of all the poems the male who actually like the female and just didn't want her for sex was in, I want to be yours. the females is the poems 'The Seduction' and 'Cousin Kate' are similar because they both get led on by the males and they are only seen as sexual objects, when they get pregnant the males leave them and their left on their own to face the consequences which the males have put in front of them. They are firstly virgins and then when there not they are treated differently as if they are impure now. A quote showing this is," And on that day, she broke her heels of her white shoes", this represented her virginity and her pureness, when the heels where broken it showed that she has lost her virginity making her unclean. In the poem Salome its different because the female is in control and in power of the male where as the males in the other poems where in control and he would use the females for sex and his own pleasure, but in the poem Salome it's the total opposite also that she is in control because she chooses the guys that she wants to have sex with and that she uses them as objects. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Ram Verma English coursework ...read more.

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