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Sonya Hartnett, author of Thursday's Child, convinces us to accept the idea that, though we are forced into our place by societal expectations women can be more rational and domineering than men, and that males are inconspicuously dependant

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Males and females are constantly expected to act certain ways by society. For example, how many males do you know who cry in public when they're upset? And how many females do you know who are content being single or without a family? Even though neither of these things are bad in any way it has been drilled into our heads that for some reason they are. Though, as the years have passed males and females have been letting go, in a sense. Males have gradually been showing more emotion towards certain things and females aren't as bombarded with pressure to get married as before. The text Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett persuades us to understand certain attitudes portrayed through the characters, concerning the social pressures on males and females. ...read more.

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Harper believes that her Mam "had a heart too soft for herself...[it] got put in the wrong body....[and] wanted to do its living somewhere clement and florally." This suggests that women have to look after their husbands and family, and don't have a choice in the matter. They can't follow their hearts, and must adhere to their place in society. Da is also expected to act a certain way by society. Apparently, once Da found out that Tin had survived after being enveloped by mud, he "...burst out weeping." Harper says that she "never saw [her] Da, before or afterwards, do anything like that." Da never cried in front of others or even at all because males are simply not expected or meant to. Later in the text Da comes close to a breakdown and still doesn't cry, but displays large amounts of anger instead like "biting [his nails] into his skin" and "grappl[ing] at his scalp." ...read more.

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Like many men, Da becomes dependant on alcohol to cope with the grief of losing everything dear to him. "Drink's brought many a family to ruin. Thora hasn't said a word" Mrs Murphy, their neighbour, tells her husband. Mam knows what the news will do to Da's reputation if his friends and family find out, so she keeps it quiet as she knows it's best. Therefore, through Mam and Da, the idea that though we are forced into our place by societal expectations women can be more domineering than men, and that males are inconspicuously dependant on their female counterparts is relayed. The characters, Mam and Da, in the text Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett are important in conveying certain attitudes concerning the social pressures on males and females. In particular, the idea that though we are forced into our place by societal expectations women can be more domineering than men, and that males are inconspicuously dependant on their female counterparts. ...read more.

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