The Presentation of the Power of Women in the Society
My coursework concentrates on the presentation of the power of womenin the world. The aim is to show that women in fact have more powerover men than the other way around which is the most widely heldbelief and also over each other.
The pieces I have chosen for my coursework are “The Handmaids Tale”By Margaret Atwood, “The importance of being Ernest” by Oscar Wildeand a speech by Margaret Thatcher at Brighton at a Conservative partyconference in 1969 on a motion to increase the equality of women insociety.
To begin with I will describe and explain each piece separately andthen bring forward links of similarities and differences in moredetail.
“The Handmaids Tale” is a novel set in the near future after what isimplied to be some kind of nuclear disaster or war upon which thegovernment collapses leaving the way clear for religiousfundamentalists to take control. The main character is known as‘Offred’ which is an interchangeable given name and not her originalname which is never given throughout the book, also no womenthroughout the novel have their real names spoken, in their societythey are known only as ‘Handmaids’ in Offred’s case and even thehigher station of ‘Wives’ do not have names and are only known astheir position in the social order, taking away any individuality andindependence they may have had in the ‘Time before’. The only peopleto have power are males, only high ranking males known as ‘Commanders’but what they are commander of is never revealed but these are theonly persons permitted to procreate, and if their ‘Wife’ is unable to…
… have the greater position inmy pieces with men unexpectedly being lower in the hierarchy, thewomen often control most conversations and seem to have great powereven though, especially in “The Handmaid Tale” women socially aresupposed to have lower status because of the time period andcircumstances but it is the opposite, the women have the power overthe men so they are actually in control even though it is not whatsociety as a whole expects, they break the gender stereotypes that arein our minds, they are not the weak willed, submissive sex that theyare ‘supposed’ to be, they are equally strong as the men, if not moreso, changing our expectations of the genders where men were thought tospeak twice as much as women and had greater control it is the womenwho speak the most as see in the pieces I have chosen.