Gender Stereotypes Essay

832 Words Mar 24th, 2013 4 Pages
How is Gender represented in your TWO prescribed texts and ONE related text? In the texts of ‘The Chrysanthemums’ by John Steinbeck, ‘Folk Hero’ by H.M. Tolcher and ‘Ode to Barbie’ by Romanie Moreton the concept of gender is supported and challenged in a variety of ways. Men are typically portrayed as hard-working, rebellious and fulfilling a job in a male dominated profession. In contrast to this, females are depicted as fragile and emotional, having the role of the housewife. The authors of the following texts have made use of descriptive language, imagery, figurative language and many more to communicate the themes of relationships, betrayal and identity. More so each author represents their perspective of gender, based on …show more content…
Elisa Allen feeble and sensitive persona is apparent through the use of similes “She was crying weakly-like an old woman”. This shows that females can be very obscure with their feelings. On the contrary, Elisa Allen depicts the housewife role of the household spending long hours cleaning the “hard-swept looking house, with hard-polished windows” and also tends her flower garden where she has “a gift” for growing things. Steinbeck explores the theme of ‘relationships’ as men and women are perceived to have their own specific role within a relationship. The author suggests to the reader that women though fragile and emotional, they are hard-working and are as equally efficient as the males.

In contrast, Steinbeck empathizes male stereotypes but also challenges it. The author presents to the audience that men are deceitful and adventurous, but at various times are depicted as emotional. Steinbeck describes the Tinker in two different ways. The Tinker is a travelling salesman who travels up the coast and back every year, “I go from Seattle to San Diego and back every year”. This implies that the Tinker is able to explore and discover new things. As Elisa is on her way to dinner, she sees that the chrysanthemums that the Tinker had thrown off onto the road, she realizes that how she has been deceived by him. “Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew.” Nevertheless, after Elisa dismissed the Tinker for a job he “…
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