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To what extent are presentations of women stereotypical in the opening chapters of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘1984’?
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DescriptionThis essay argues the extent of sexism and sterotypes in 1984 and a clockwork orange
Both authors portray women in a stereotypical way, in which they degrade them as sex objects, housewives, cleaners and the element that they are only there to have and look after children. The novelists corrupt this idea of women through the use of: language techniques, character, plot and structure.
Orwell stereotypes the female characters, which reflects his somewhat limited view of women and their significant role in society. He creates a problem in the way that masculinity and femininity mislay all value in the totalitarian state. As the misogynist Orwell is, it is not surprising he has portrayed women in such silent, sad and solitary ways. In a world where sex is banished only for the purpose of procreation, Orwell used Julia’s stereotypical ‘nimble’ figure to make sex is at the height of the agenda. Orwell captures women in his novel for his own male desires. The main character, Julia is exposed as weak, and unable to help herself up as ‘she held out a free hand’ toward Winston expecting him to help her up. Orwell supports stereotypes of women yet strengthens this idea of sexism by using the adjective ‘free’. The use of the adjective ‘free’ creates this conventional view of women being cheap. The element of the adjective ‘free,’ to me has connotations to sex or prostitution. In addition to this the position of the characters supports this stereotypical view, men are superior, and women are interior-Winston is above Julia and looking down on her. However Winston helps Julia up - ‘he helped her up’. This acts as juxtaposition and subverts this image of sexism, and converts this negative idea of sexism into something positive. This gesture from Winston wipe’s this idea of sexism clean. Furthermore Winston relates to Julia ‘it had been as though he felt the pain in his own body.’ This implies that Winston sympathises with women. The idea that he felt it in ’his own body’ suggests that he is one with women. On the other hand Orwell continues to comment on the stereotypes of women. Julia herself has no self-worth ‘she had regained some of her colour, and appeared very much better.’ This implies that without an essence of help from the male culture she is not as colourful, not as worthy. The phrase ‘regained’ implies that she needs the authority of men. In addition to this Julia undermines herself as a women, by calling Winston ‘comrade’, this suggests that she thinks she’s not equal to him, however it also implies that she frightened whereas men were the superior race in 1948.
In support of my last paragraph, Burgees supports the stereotypes and sexism with 1984 with his choice of character and language choice. ...
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