The Role Of Women In King Lear And A Thousand Acres

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In King Lear and A Thousand Acres, the characters of Goneril, Regan, Ginny and Rose had the reflection of women in a patriarchal society. The role of Goneril and Regan are recognized as disloyal and selfish towards their father, King Lear. However, from A Thousand Acres, Smiley put stories of Ginny and Rose's childhood life with their father, how Larry have treated them growing up. Smiley had brought and filled up some parts of King Lear, trying to give readers different perspectives of women in the patriarchal society. How women who are dependent on men in a patriarchal society are weak and obedient rather than destructive.
Put on what weary negligence you please,
You and your fellow servants. I’ll have it come to question.
If he distaste
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After Lear's knights have messed up Goneril's home. They discuss about disparagingly their father. Goneril have ordered Oswald, to be less polite to Lear and his knights, to try to get rid of them. Goneril and Regan tried to be reasonable, but instead of telling Lear to leave, Goneril have ordered her servants to try and upset Lear and leave, so she didn’t have feel much guilt and blame. By the time when Lear turned back to Goneril, she wonders why he needed any at all, since her servants can get him anything he wants. Both daughters have overlooked the intangible importance of Lear's having his own followers around him and continue to live like the king he has been. From this, it showed Shakespeare's thoughts on women having power in a patriarchal society, that they do not appreciate anything and only care about…show more content…
However, the author of A Thousand Acre, Jane Smiley, puts Ginny as the narrator of the book. Having a female perspective to the book, which had frequently brought up about Larry's insolent behavior. The relationship between Larry and his two daughters, Ginny and Rose showed the opposite of Goneril and Regan, they tried to avoid any conflict between Larry. After when Ginny's mother had passed away, she and Rose have both been raised by their father, Larry, who have sexually assaulted them growing up. "I just want to get along, Daddy. I don’t want to fight. Don’t fight with me?" (175). Although, they are both Larry's victims, they don’t try to fight and wishes to be in a peaceful relationship. By that, Ginny had often backed off, "Of course it was silly to talk about 'my point of view,' When my father asserted his point of view, mine vanished. Not even I could remember it"(176). in order to have less conflict between
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