"Romeo and Juliet", "M. Butterfly" and the Oppression of Men
A discussion of the oppression of men in the plays "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare and "M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang.
# 102350 | 1,708 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Mar 24, 2008 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) , Hot Topics (Same-Sex Marriage)
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This paper analyzes the oppression of men through the study of characters and their experiences in two literary works, "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare and "M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang. The paper explains that masculinity is fragile because it is socially constructed and men have to struggle everyday against anything within themselves that many be perceived as not masculine: anything passive, any attraction to the same sex, and even displays of vulnerability are all suppressed. The paper argues that Romeo stepped out of the 'masculinity' assigned to him socially, and because of this, suffered. The paper also looks at how Gallimard, is insecure in his masculinity and uses it, along with his racism and prejudice to destroy himself. In conclusion the paper shows that the male protagonists in both plays are in a way a victim of patriarchy because they do not conform to the 'masculine' ideal.
From the Paper:"Looking at the text closer, it is clear that Romeo does not exhibit typical masculine characteristics, and that Juliet often acts as the more aggressive, less 'feminine' one of the pair. This is evident from the beginning of the play all the way through to the end, where each chooses a different way to die. In the first scene of the play we are introduced to Romeo, both his parents are worried about him, as he seems melancholic. He is sad, in love, and because of this he suffers. All of these are not very masculine characteristics. He loves to read, is keen on poetry, and loves to be in love. All these characteristics could be considered 'feminine'."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kaufman, M. "The Construction of Masculinity and the Triad of Violence". In M. Kaufman (ed.) Beyond Patriarchy: Essays by Men. Oxford University Press, 1987, 1-29
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