The Gender unit Paper The common theme in the short stories “A Pair of Tickets”, “A Rose For Emily”, and “Girl” is expectation. Each main character experiences a feeling of expectation from either within themselves, from others, or a cultural norm. Each character feels burdened by these expectations and that can be sensed In the tone of these short stories. These expectations have evident effects on the female characters as It effects their thoughts, actions, and self-realizations. Although each story is significantly different, they all share the same theme.
The dialogue from each female character In these stories Is minimal but the qualities these characters possess can be gathered from the text. In “A Pair of Tickets” by Amy Tan, the main character Jinn Me is confused and guilty. Never feeling like she was Chinese, Jinn Me did not know what it meant to be that ethnicity; it was not until Jinn Mel was to travel to China because of her mother’s unfortunate passing that she would find out what It meant to be Chinese. This new culture was so foreign togging Me but she attempted to adapt. “I think about what my mother said, about activating my genes and becoming Chinese.
And I wonder what she Coping with her mother’s death, Jinn Me battled with her inner self as she learned more about her culture and of here’s mother’s past. These qualities follow Jinn Mel throughout the story until she comes to terms with who she Is and learns from this new experience. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner showcases Emily Grievers, a prideful, headstrong woman. Emily Grievers takes pride in her name and does not let people forget it. If anyone acts In a manner against her that she dislikes, she will not stand for It for she holds the name of Grievers. I have no taxes In Jefferson… How these gentlemen This type of pride carries Emily throughout the story and holds her title with “the high and mighty Gridirons”(33). With that characteristic follows Gridiron’s manner of being headstrong; she gets what she wants no questions asked. “Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up”(35). Grievers was presumed to be alone for the rest of her life by the people in her town so she decided that would not be her fate and she seed her strong qualities to make sure that would not happen.
The last short story “Girl” by Jamaica Candid features a girl being directed by her mother on how to live the role of a woman. It can be gathered that the girl is timid and uncertain of herself while her mother tells her how she must act when she adds two small comments, “but I don’t sing Buena on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school”(435) and “but what If the baker won’t let me feel the bread? “(436). While each girl In these stories portray different qualities like confused, prideful, and timid.
They all share self- 1 OFF s like to be Chinese by exploring her roots in China, Emily Grievers comes to terms that she will not die alone as everyone presumes so she does something about it, and the girl in “Girl” learns about the roles of being a woman that she must learn to do. Jinn Me and Emily Grievers go against the grain in terms of the story “Girl” in the sense that they do not live the role of the woman described in the story. Jinn Me did not grow up to learn to do these everyday household chores, what actions she should or should not do, and did not focus on not becoming a slut.
For her, she grew up according to culture, not a gender role. Jinn Me’s main concern throughout “A Pair of Tickets” was learning about herself, through a culture she was never exposed to, and what it meant to be Chinese. Emily Grievers grew up to be above others which meant she acted the way she desired and received what she wanted. She was not cautious of the thought of not acting like a slut because her father kept men away from her; no one was good enough for Emily Grievers. Jinn Me and Emily Grievers can be complementary to the mother in “Girl” in a way that they were continuously reviewing the actions of others, even themselves.
As soon has Jinn Me set foot in China she immediately observed people with a preconceived notion of how they acted or looked. “… Haggling with store owners, pecking her mouth with a toothpick in public, being coloration to the fact that lemon yellow and pale pink are not good combinations for winter Jinn Me had expectations of people according to culture unlike the mother in “Girl” who expected according to gender. Emily Grievers viewed people based on hierarchy. She expected people to treat her a certain way because of her name. She believed to be above the awe and people saw her as a town fugue.
She did not expect to pay taxes or give a reason for buying certain items. She was a “monument”(32). Each one of these stories tie together with a theme of expectation. While each story is from a different time period, they all can relate to one another in the pressures of people being expected to act a certain way. Female roles can vary with culture, hierarchy, and time and it is evident in the difference of the women expectations in the three short stories. These female leads showcase their specific situations as women, but not in the same manner.