Essay about Gender Inequality Of The Twentieth Century

1402 Words Sep 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Many have accused C.S Lewis of being a misogynist. This accusation comes from his lack of support for the feminism movement of the twentieth century. However, while Lewis could not be labeled a feminist, he is far from the misogynist label given to him by critics. Rather than choose to favor one particular gender over the other, in his later life Lewis stated that he had, “a preference for people (Leeuwen 259). This article will analyze the role of gender in Lewis writing, particularly in Till We Have Faces, Four Loves, and Narnia, within the grander context of the twentieth century and seek to prove that Lewis’s statement about his “preference for people (Leeuwen 259)” is true.
In order to understand how Lewis’s idea of gender compares and contrasts with the twentieth century, it is important to first examine what gender looked like in the twentieth century as a whole. This was a period of transition from the restrictive ways of the Victorian period to the, “emancipated woman of the twentieth century (Bartels 326).” In the Victorian era, prior to World War I, women were very heavily dependent on men. Not only were these women dependent, but they were also, “frequently unemployed (Bartels 326).” The image of women as a whole was as the “Angel of the House”, a term made popular by Coventry Patmore’s poem of the same name. However, the twentieth century brought a great period of change for women which was particularly accelerated by World War I. Specifically, World War I,…

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