Women 's Influence On Women

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When searching for a definition to determine what the ideal woman is, one of the first thoughts to emerge is “What men want.” Throughout time it has been shown that women have only one purpose - to find themselves a husband and care for their family. This has been a standard set by society, making it almost impossible to extract away from this stereotype. There has been a fervor in recent years striving for change, women have began trying to make this change, but have made little to no progress due to the stereotype presence in media and literature. This creates not only a problem for women, but for men as well. Though not often spoken of, men too have been controlled by society’s influence. When searching for what the ideal man is, some …show more content…

Their entire conversation revolves around women and what the two men have to go through to get their attention. Most men that actually care for a women would not speak in this manner, but they still speak in the way society believes most men would. Their dialogue begins with them both explaining the falsehoods in their identities and Jack confessing his love for Gwendolyn. Through this exchange Algernon learns of Cecily Cardew. Like a typical man, Algernon begins fantasizing about her. This suits the stereotype that all men are looking for in a women is sex. Another reason why this situation between the two characters makes them look bad is because he knows nothing about her, but still acts as if he was in love with her. This is not the only conversation they have about women. Another is when Jack says, “My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a women” (Wilde 1610) Even though Gwendolyn and Jack’s relationship began with a lie, the subject is barely ever touched because it does not seem like a “big” deal. This gives off an impression to the readers that all men view women in this sort of way. They all believe women need to be lied to and need to be told things they want to hear in order to keep them happy. When Jack tries to speak to Gwendolyn about the truth, instead of telling her right there and then, he

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