Gender Construct

If one was to open a dictionary to look for the term construct they would find the definition of to Build; however. If one was to look in the same dictionary to find the meaning of gender there will be different types of meanings from different origins.

Gender construct is a form of social construction based on conflicting theories in order to better understand gender and gendered behavior of an individual.  In addition based on many theories done by studies over in the last century many Sociologist such as R.W. Connell have made discovers in the field of Gender Construction based on observations of different cultures.   In her book” Gender & Power Connell explains that different gender have different expectation of what they should do for themselves and their families based on research with different cultures.

Also in his book the differences between male and female were very interesting because the numbers of what a male and female capabilities of based on the country, population and culture especially when it comes to ready for, men in some countries could read better than a women; however, in other countries some women can read better than other women from a different generations.

According to the University of Michigan female writers such as the famed Mary Wollstonecraft discover their role as a maternal mentor for; they try to create a picture of the ideal mother to raise proper children which through instincts and examples in order for that child to maintain a lasting effect on keep moral standards taught by mothers. Furthermore in the late eighteenth century women at the time were restrained in the participation in Georgian Sociopolitical life, Wollstonecraft stated that women should redefine power through spiritual aspiration, pedagogic and, philanthropic power; however, women in society at the time believed that the act of nurturing was the source of power as well as the longing to been nurtured themselves.

However, though a model of a mother-nurture role was created, the patriarchal literary authority was fighting to be a symbolic family dynamics for children.  In addition Charlotte Smithwrote “Conversations Introducing Poetry “was created to be used as a manual for mothers to teach the children the importance of learning poetry.  Also as a similar figure similar to Mary Wollstonecraft she also insisted that girls be educated in the fundamentals of reading, poetry and analysis.

In the field of literature woman are given stereotypic roles such as subordinates to their male counterparts for, they are brought out to be confined women in most works such as “Beowulf”, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”.  In the book of Beowulf the women are describe to be glorified waitresses and sex objects but, the theories about this are far more complex because of the quote of Beowulf “A queen weave peace”; however, most believe that a women’s role was to be a mediator so should would be well-kept, confined, and a departure on all male related activities.

In “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” the lady of Bertilak’s Castle is an interesting combination of a confined and unconfined woman which was unheard of in a time period when women had little to no rights based on her status in civilization but, the actions of Sir Gawain show complete delicate in mannerism and decorum when dealing with the lady of Bertilak’s Castle; however, she is a of a confine status despite her wildness Sir Gawain must treat her such.

Furthermore Morgan la Faye is an unconfined woman in the story so she is free to wreak havoc onto the world of men such as the Mother of Grendel in the book of “Beowulf” for, they two cause mischiefs to bring men to their knees unlike the lady of Bertilak’s Castle who is a peace weaving character.

The significance of gender construct and stereotypical roles determines greatly when exploring women’s literature when it goes back to the Romantic Revolution in the 1800’s when women began to have works publish because men would not allow women to publish any works of writing.   In addition in the works of Classical writing men portrayed women to be evil and saintless with no middle ground but, works such as “Beowulf” women were either described as confined peace weavers or unconfined horrible creatures.

However in the “Pride and Prejudice” written and published under Jane Austen was controversial at the time because it was women’s literature and men did not read it because it was consider inferior to men’s literature.  In addition they claimed the characters portrayed as general stereotypes such as the strong-willed young women, the silly mothers of four girls and the Tramp & Respectable lady.  However Louisa May Alcott classical writings portrayed fully developed females for, her characters are individuals that you would easily recognize everyday out on the streets based on personality.

The significance in gender construct and stereotypes in literature shows the gendered behaviors and the roles of the gender based in literature because both sides have different views of what each one is and the status of such individual.


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