Role of Gender in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace – Term Paper Example

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Woman tends to look for a man who is well sounded in status and position. Unmarried woman were looked down in the society and they are disgraced, often mocked, critized, and treated as if their lives are incomplete, so as their purpose of life. Grace, also describes her dismay when she realizes that she will not be able to get married now that she in the prison “I would never be married now, or have any babies of my own…it is a regret” (pg 78) On the other hand, marriage is not the aim of life for men but to gain economic success.

Dr. Jordan’s mother persuaded him all along to marry but he chose to focus on his career. Although he was not inclined romantically towards Lydia but he still enjoys the undivided attention and harmless flirtation, he also establishes a sexual relationship with his landlady Mrs. Humphery. Men dream about woman but she just stays like an object in his life, she can never be his destiny. Dr. Jordan dreams about Grace as his perfect wife; “She has beauty without frivolity, domesticity without dullness, and simplicity of manner, and prudence, and circumspection.

She is also an excellent needlewoman…His mother would have no complains on that score” (pg452) Grace’s employer Mr. Thomas Kinnear, never married. According to him; “Some gentlemen do not have an inclination for the married state. They were very pleased with themselves the way they are, and think they can get along without it … If they want a thing; all they have to do is pay for it. It‘s all one to them” (pg257) In this novel, women are depicted as an object of desire, consumables and are used for sexual satisfaction and consumption of men.

It is described in her mother’s life as well as in the untimely death of her beloved friend, Mary Whitney. She dies because of a bad surgery to abort the child she has conceived from her employer’s son George Parkinson. He did not accept the child or the mother, but very conveniently throws 5$ on her to get it aborted. When Grace said; “Men such as him do not have to clean up the messes they make, but we have to clean up our own messes and theirs into the bargain.

In that way they are like children, they do not have to think ahead, or worry about the consequences of what they do. But it is not their fault; it is only how they are brought up. ”(pg214) The part in the above quote pertaining to men who doesn’t have to clean there messes, takes her back to the memory of her friends death and to that man George Parkinson who made that mess and left.

Work Cited

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. NY: Anchor, 1996. Print.
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