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A & P versus The Widow of Ephesus.

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Introduction

A & P versus The Widow of Ephesus (Question # 5) Women have always been playing catch up with men. Society has always portrayed women in a manner that revolves around them being shallow, materialistic, licentious, and willing to do anything to appeal to the opposite sex. In the stories of "A & P" and "The Widow of Ephesus," it is no different. In fact the notion is accentuated in both stories. Women are portrayed as pathetic beings with explanatory yet unjustified backgrounds about their incompetence to resist attention or a handsome man.* The female genre is perceived as one wit a shallow demeanor and weakness because of their inability to resist desires and lack the maturity to act sensibly.+ Women continuously seek out the attention of men. In "The Widow of Ephesus", through the character of a widow, women are portrayed as beings who cannot resist a handsome man. Her fidelity "was so famous that women came from far and near just to get a glimpse of her"(paragraph 2), and even after her husband died, she stayed by his side. ...read more.

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He is depicted as heroic for his ways and will respect girls, now that he has seen what it does not to respect them. The social world's described in each story present an enlightening background for the behavior of each character. In the "Widow of Ephesus," the woman is one of faith and loyalty to a man whom she had loved for her entire life. She was so in love with this man that she "accompanied the dead body right into the tomb, and after the coffin was placed in the vault...she began a vigil...weeping and wailing day and night" (paragraph 2). This gives the effect of how shallow women are to the author when, in one short period of time, this woman sleeps with another man because of his looks. When referring to "A & P", these three girl's live by the beach, so wearing a bathing suit is perfectly normal. However, when the girls are dismissed from the store in front of strangers, they are embarrassed and made to feel inferior. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are embarrassed in front of customers whom they have never even met by a man who also a complete stranger because they are displaying themselves in an inappropriate manner. They are made to feel as if they are doing something wrong, in a rude and ignorant way, which results in commiseration by the reader. Women are constantly looked down upon for their actions and outward appearances. It is obvious that the author of "The Widow of Ephesus" thinks very lowly of women through his portraying of the entire female gender as shallow, trifling people who base things only on what they see. It is also clear that the author of "A & P" is one who thinks somewhat better about women than the other author, but still characterizes them as people who use their looks to get attention and then when they get the wrong attention, girls say that guys are the pigs. It's all a matter of the battle of the sexes, and in the future, there might quite possibly never be a winner. ...read more.

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