Essay - Amber Lu Exam 2 Essay Discuss briefly and compare...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Amber Lu Exam 2 Essay Discuss briefly and compare and contrast the gender roles within The Pillow Book, The Thousand and One Nights, Beowulf, and Sir Gawain. Because The Pillow Book, The Thousand and One Nights, Beowulf , and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are all pieces of literature originating from vastly different civilizations and cultures, their portrayals of women and gender roles vary from text to text, carrying both similarities and differences. In particular, all of the works emphasize men as the predominant gender in the text, with male characters serving more central and powerful roles, with Shahryar as a tyrant king, Beowulf as a powerful warrior king, and Sir Gawain as a noble and chivalrous relative of King Arthur. Thus, while there are still similarities, most of the differences arise in the various portrayals of women and their roles in society. The Pillow Book is a true account written from the perspective of a court lady and her stories of dealing with court life during the time period, intertwining both popular beliefs and personal opinions into a scattered narrative. Through her account, it is evident that Heian Japanese culture is extremely restrictive – limiting interactions between different social hierarchies and between genders. Females were not allowed to use Chinese scripts, which were reserved only for male government officials. In addition, priests held far more power and
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern