All The Light We Can Not See By Anthony Doerr Essay

1565 Words Apr 28th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history, there have been many contemporary historical accounts of male historical figures; however there is a noticeable lack of accounts of historical women, even those who provided crucial services to their countries. In different cultures and historical eras there were separate schemas of values embedded in society, and many of these values dictated the ways in which women were supposed to act and even think. While the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr documents the life of Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a French girl, during WW2, and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks is about a widow named Anna Frith living in a plague-stricken English village in 1666, but the books share a key similarity; they both explore the way people react and change when confronted with tragedy. In a society with implicit values, women are often expected to behave a certain way when faced with difficult situations. All the Light We Cannot See and Year of Wonders highlight the way women of different cultures and time periods break out of stereotypical gender roles and values in the face of a devastating event.
The role of women in Year of Wonders is noticeably different to the roles expected for women of the time. In the 17th century the most commonly accepted roles for women were mothers, housewives and maids, with professions such as lawyers and doctors being almost entirely made up of men. Women who were involved in medicine were often associated with witches; according to 15th…

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