Analyzing Social Roles as Constructs Pertinent to Sex

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Francis Chechile Analyzing Social Roles as Constructs Pertinent to Sex. In Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as well as Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman the characters feel conflict between society’s rules and their more private desires. They are forced to perform social roles that are in a more private respect artificial. This pertains mostly to social roles that define sexuality. Elizabethan ideas of social roles were inextricably bound with gender. The social role of women, especially in courting and marriage arrangements was strictly a business matter. The business was to protect or increase the family fortune and stabilize the inheritance of wealth. Women brought dowries and the ability to produce heirs. Men were expected to…show more content…
The characters exist in a time where traditional gender and social conventions were predominant. Men were given more power than women as they were seen as more logical and rational thinkers. This relates back to a scene where Molina and Valentin are talking about women being gentile, and men being brutes. “But if men acted like women there wouldn’t be any more torturers.” “And you, what would you do without men?” “You’re right. They’re mostly brutes, but I like them.’”(29). This reinforces the notion that Valentin’s character abides by the male stereotype. On the other hand, Molina would definitely relate back to the women of the time. Molina relating to the role of females at the time is reinforced by the fact that he relates to the heroines in the films he retells. He shares similar qualities with the women in the movies and feels that he can relate with them. Molina refers to how he feels about himself, a woman. “‘Listen, I’m sorry, when it comes to him I can’t talk about myself like a man, because I don’t feel like one.’”(60). Molina is uncomfortable because this, at the time, unorthodox idea that Valentin is suggesting was essentially crushing Molina’s dream to be that stereotypical women in a relationship. Nevertheless Molina’s view on male dominance gives Valentine authority by default. Though

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