The Between Traditional And Modern Roles Of The Woman

1713 WordsMay 3, 20167 Pages
For thousands of years, both men and women have been grouped according to their gender. It is expected that men should be leaders, independent, strong, aggressive and able to control their emotions. While women are expected to be nurturing, sensitive, emotional, passive and supportive of their male counterparts. These gender roles have helped shaped the society that we live in today. It was not until recently that women began to break this ancient mold that has historically restricted them. Before this revolution, women were expected to play their part, and that part was definitely not equal to that of a man. Unfortunately, sometimes when women decide that they do not want to fulfill their role, many men and sometimes women look down upon them in disapproval. Throughout the book “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf, she uncovers the difference between traditional and modern roles of the woman. She explores the true definition of female gender roles. Through her distribution of the stream of consciousness style, the author plunges the reader into the internal realm of her female characters and articulates these themes through their emotions and outlooks. In the novel, Woolf contrasts two descriptions of women. The first is represented by Mrs. Ramsay, who is more traditional. The other, a much more modern woman, which are represented by Lily. To begin with, a traditional female role is one that a woman is expected to fulfill by the majority of society. In the novel “To the
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