Gender Roles In Men By Ray Bradbury

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“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved” (Matthew Henry). Gender roles are how each human is supposed to act, speak, or dress according to their assigned sex. The world has always depended on them to make crucial decisions and they have marked every aspect of society. Several people have taken advantage of gender stereotypes to determine what to do with their lives or to come up with excuses as to why they are carrying out a task. Literature is one of the main agents that exposes human attitude towards life. It has been affected by time…show more content…
While this is true to some degree, Clarisse McClellan died early on in the book and she was not the one deemed worthy enough of carrying the novel. The fact that Bradbury decided that the woman that served as the trampoline from which Guy jumped to change his mindset was not main character in the novel, demonstrates how in his time men where the protagonists. Clarisse was the reason behind Guy’s change, yet, her death is announced by the detested character Mildred Montag, making it one that did not even have an ounce of importance. “ ‘I meant to tell you. Forgot. Forgot.’ ‘Tell me now. What is it?’ ‘I think she's gone.’ ‘Gone?’ ‘Whole family moved out somewhere. But she's gone for good. I think she's dead.’ ‘We couldn't be talking about the same girl.’ ‘No. The same girl. McClellan. McClellan, Run over by a car. Four days ago. I'm not sure. But I think she's dead. The family moved out anyway. I don't know. But I think she's dead.’ ‘You're not sure of it!’ ‘No, not sure. Pretty sure’ ”(Bradbury, 22). Bradbury made Clarisse’s death a meaningless event; however, her death deserves to be commemorated. She was the root of the whole novel and does not even get to live to be a human book. Throughout history many women have had brilliant ideas, yet, they have never been given the same recognition. In fact, most of the ingenious ideas have been impugned while the one’s of men are favored. Men were born with rights while women have had to fight for them. Also, by killing Clarisse, Bradbury delivers the message that women with intelligence are perilous. In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse’s wisdom makes her classified as different. “ ‘...The girl? She was a time bomb. The family had been feeding her subconscious, I'm sure, from what I saw of her school record. She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be

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