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Views Of Oscar Wilde And Ernest Hemmingway On The Changing Women's Roles

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How Far From The Kitchen Can A Woman Go?
“My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. What is about women that deem them unequal to males? Is it a woman’s ability to reproduce or because women are casted as more emotional than men that cause a disadvantage to the female gender? Tracing all the way back to the Middle Ages women have been viewed as inferior to males and were used for the purpose of reproduction and supporting their husbands. The traditional housewife role has been proven to cause double standards and has allowed the male gender to gain a superior role. In the middle ages (400 BC-1500 AD) “society would have effectively dictated what jobs a woman could do and her role in a medieval village would have been to support her husband” (Historylearningsite.co.uk) yet as time passed and continues to pass this traditional belief has yet to fade. In addition to that, when one compares the outlook of women during the 1800’s-1900’s to the current time period of 2014 it is evident that though there has been some change, society still continues to see women as inferior and unable to act in certain manners due to anatomical differences with males. When looking at literature like Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, one is able to see that though the two novels were written over fifty years apart, the outlook on women continued to stay the same and are still the same now.
At a young age, when a boy begins to act weak or fragile physically or emotionally, he is told to “stop acting like a girl.” When did being a girl/woman become the inferior sex and why are girls/women still considered inferior compared to men? When the origin of a woman’s role is traced in history it is shown that women did not play a large role in society especially during times like the middle ages. At a young age a girl would be married off to the first man...

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