Analysis Of Alias Grace By Grace Marks

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In Alias Grace, Grace Marks is a servant in the mid-1800s who performs chores and other household tasks for her employers. Throughout the book, Grace describes in detail the type of work she performs, and how she and her fellow coworkers are treated. A theme that more or less dominates the background of the novel is the apparent sexism of the mid-1800s. The women are considered too “weak” for the “tougher” jobs that were selected for men. However, it was not just a workplace issue; there is clear social sexism presented in the novel, as well. The first issue of sexism in Alias Grace can be seen in while Grace is working as a servant. The reader follows her working experiences through several different households. While working, Grace and her fellow female servants are to do the indoor, more “gentle and delicate” chores of cooking, cleaning, and tending to the laundry. This is due to the fact that women in this time were thought to not be able to handle the same jobs as men. In the Parkinson house, were Grace first worked, she mentions occasionally of the men who working the stables. The female servants working working in the house and the male servants working in the stables have little to no interactions, due to the fact that their jobs are vastly different. Women were to do the housework, and essentially “clean-up” after the men. In the novel, Grace even says that “men…do not have to clean up the messes they make, but we have to clean up our own messes, and
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