Role of Women in Literature Essay

2336 Words Dec 17th, 1999 10 Pages
The Representation of Women in Literature
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<br>The role of women in society is constantly questioned and for centuries women have struggled to find their place in a world that is predominantly male oriented. Literature provides a window into the lives, thoughts and actions of women during certain periods of time in a fictitious form, yet often truthful in many ways. Ernest Hemmingway's "Hills like White Elephants", D.H. Lawrence's "The Horse Dealers Daughter" and William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" each paint a picture of a woman who has failed to break away from her male companion, all describing a stereotypically dominated woman. Through submissive natures, compliant attitudes, and shattered egos the three women each struggle to
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Her side of the discussion is constantly exasperated as she convinces herself to believe everything he says. Only at one point in the story does her character appear to think individually of his thoughts, only to immediately retract when summoned. It is at this point in the story that Hemingway symbolizes her chance for individually and then immediately showing her lack of. She steps into the light, into herself and thinks freely on her own, only to fall back into what he wants her to believe. "The girl stood up and walked to the end of the station. Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro. Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river though the trees. "Come on back into the shade," he said". The imagery of both the light and the shade and the parting of the trees make it seem as though Jig is on the verge of an epiphany and then she retracts assuming his way of thinking, following him back into the shade. At the end of the story Jig is seemingly content, "I feel fine," she said. "There's nothing wrong with me. I feel fine.", though in reality she is a docile woman who cannot think or live for herself.
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<br>D.H. Lawrence presents a similarly inferior character…