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Women In The Patriarchal Society Essay

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ENG 437 Essay 1October 9, 2014Women in the Patriarchal SocietyLiving in a male-dominated society considered as a difficult issue for women. Women, in these kinds of societies, have to choose between either to adapt with the current situation or to stand up with their own believes. Men like to control women in everything, some women do not show any objection toward that like the women in Yussef Idriss's story "A House of Flesh", but others do not allow men to control them like the woman in Nawal El Saadawi's story "A Modern Love Letter". By analyzing these two stories, I will illustrate the situation of women, who live in the patriarchal society, and how these women deal with the current situation in this society under the famous concept, which is "gender".Yussef Idriss's story "A House of Flesh" is talking about a blind man who is able to control and dominate the mother and her daughters without showing any objection from these females. This man, even he is blind, looks at these females as an object. Women in this story are able to adapt with the patriarchal society and allow the blind man to dominant their life. The blind man marries the mother, and now, he is able to do whatever he wants, just because he is a man. The sexual relationships must be only between the husband and his wife, but in this story, the sexual relationship goes beyond that. The blind man goes beyond his limits; he has a sexual relationship the daughters. The mother knows that there is a big mistake, but she does not care about anything, she does not show any objection toward that, and she does not even try to protect her daughters from this illegal relationship. The only and everything that they do is to keep silent. Let's think about whom should we blame in this case, the mother or the blind man? In fact, both of them, the mother and the blind man, are responsible to be blame. No one can say that the man can see, because he is blind, but everyone can say that the blind man has other senses, so he can feel, touch, and hear others. It means that he knows very clearly that he does something wrong. Also, women always think about the people's opinion toward them, but men do not care about anyone else and it appears clearly in the following example. The blind man comes and asks to marry the mother of these daughters without caring about what will people say about him, but, in contrast, women always think that people will talk about their when they do anything, even if they do a good thing. It is very clear in the mother's conversation with her daughters about marring the blind man, the daughters say: ("Mother, you marry him . . . marry him". She replied: "Me? What shame, what will people say?") (p.18). According to their society, they consider the women's movements as a shame issue, and this mother goes with...

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