Running Head: GENDER ROLES AND MARRIAGE
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Debra Norris-Rich
May 17, 2013
Gender roles and marriage
The image of gender roles and marriage has always been a controversial issue. Nevertheless, much can be learned about unhappy marriages when examining the roles of both females and males within the marriage. The examination of gender roles and marriage are seen through the following short stories The Necklace, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty .Evaluation of these literary works shows quite clearly that social and economic class affects choice in marriage.
The two short stories that I have decided to compare and contrast are “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber; and “The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant In this essay, I would like to compare and contrast gender roles and marriage and initially show through two literary works found in my text the differences and likenesses of each story, as they are being told to the audience. I will like to compare and contrast both stories and give a brief summary, explaining the similarities and differences and engaging the reader while doing so.
They both have the same theme as they focus around marriage and gender roles within a marriage and the world they live in. Certain things never change; such as the pitiful behavior of the husband better known as the henpecked and the nagging wives. In reality, gender roles in today's current society have completely changed since the Stone Age. One thing for sure is that every marriage has its ups and downs there is not one marriage or relationship that’s one hundred percent perfect. All marriages and relationship experience stressful life experience. Addressing how couples adjust to stress is overbearing so they can understand the meaning of marital growth.” (Neff and Broady, 2011) Men and women have different interests, likes and dislikes.
I’ve learned that Gender roles and...