Analysis Of ' Disgrace ' By Flannery O ' Connor Essay

1782 Words Oct 17th, 2016 8 Pages
The theme of power is very evident in many works of literature, especially regarding culture, gender, and sex. When interpreting any works of literature, the role of power is usually held by a male character. In our society, more so the past, power is usually associated with masculinity rather than femininity. In these two works of literature, “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, the theme of gender related power can be well interpreted amongst the male characters in the stories. First taking a look at married female characters, the authors don’t say much about them within the text. Mr. Isaacs and Petrus’s wives from “disgrace” as well as Bailey’s wife from the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” all have a lack of personality within the text, they are over shadowed, unnamed and labeled as the wife basically just property of their husbands. Coetzee and O’Connor both evidently displayed many aspects of the power of gender, sex, race, and violence leading to the empowerment of some and the devaluation of others, influenced by certain events based on historical elements, customs or practices that takes place in their stories.
Throughout the two texts it is obvious that the authors are well aware of the stereotype that men are more powerful than women. In “Disgrace”, Coetzee wants us to focus on situations that are a result of the power of masculinity, when asked about his unborn child Petrus replies, “We are praying for a boy”…

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