Gender Relations In English Literature

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Literature has a great connection with the construction of gender relations in society in a particular period written. Gender relations presented in works of literature vary from one period to another. However, at the same time, the relations have similar bases but the ways they are approached by the authors are different. English literature has introduced several gender relations in its literary works from the Elizabethan period to the modernism era. English authors challenged gender relations to express their perceptions of genders through their work of literature. The representation of male and female relations in English Literature influence the prevailing attitudes towards genders and reflect the perception of gender relations in the…show more content…
The sonnet goes on about talking how real love is more sincere than the representation of woman’s physical appearance as perfection. Beauty fades away in time, and Shakespeare is curious about his mistress’s personality and character that caused him to truly love her. Shakespeare claims that his lover doesn’t represent a perfect beauty: “My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun /If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head”(1,3). His comparisons are undesirable and unemotional, but afterward, he proves that his mistress outstands any goddess with a perfect appearance. “I grant I never saw a goddess go;/ My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.” (11-12). In these two lines, Shakespeare is stating the facts and is being straightforward. He proves to us that her lover is nothing like a goddess, she doesn’t have any extraordinary skills, she just walks like a normal human being. Shakespeare’s relationship with his mistress is deeper than a physical appearance. He portrays the woman in a realistic way. He doesn’t use positive terms to praise her, but he uses simple expressions to show the reality of his love. “If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;”(3) in this line Shakespeare indicates
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