What Does Horace Have Against Women
In the novel She by H. Rider Haggard a man named Horace is very sexist against women. There are several reasons he feels this way. After analyzing why he feels this way against women it makes sense because the women in his life have put him through a lot. The analysis of the character Horace and his view of woman has a lot to do with the book. If one can understand why he feels how he feels towards women it makes sense and helps in understanding the book.
There are many times in this novel when Horace, the main character, makes very open statements against women. This is somewhat due to the time in which the book was made. She was made in 1886, a time when women were not viewed as equal. Women did not have very many rights and were seen as weak and incapable of doing many things men could do. Woman did not have jobs and were responsible for staying home, taking care of the children, cooking meals, and cleaning. Obviously he would be at least somewhat sexist, as was the whole country. Women were viewed as less intelligent than men during this time. Holly, being a highly educated man, thought he was much smarter and looked down on women because he thought they were less intelligent.
A clear example of this is when he is talking about Ayesha. Ayesha, who is called "She Who Must be Obeyed". is feared by the tribe she commands. She is said to have magic powers and is immortal. It would be hard to find a more powerful woman than Ayesha. Holly however still views her as "just a woman". She is without a doubt the most powerful person in the book and is still considered to be "just a woman". This is a clear indicator of Holly's view on women and their role. In his eyes she can't be that special. A woman that has lived over a thousand years can't even change Holly's view.
The actions of Horace against women shows what he thinks of them and how he views them. One example of Holly's sexism is when he is...