Gender Issues In Eleanor And Park, By Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor and Park is a beautiful love story about two people who feel alone and misunderstood joining together in a world that ignores their situation. Many of the characters have reasons for not telling others about the problems they are facing; like psychological disorders, and current gender roles which are strengthened by a realistic portrayal.Throughout Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell, every character faces a conflict that many individuals struggle with today, however, as shown repeatedly, many very important parts of the book are ignored until they can no longer be denied, simply because they are ugly.
Many characters in Eleanor and Park deal with psychological issues that prevent them from telling others about the problems they
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It 's more extreme in certain situations, at different parts leaning heavily towards different ends of the spectrum, with Richie using violence and fear to instill his dominance and Jamie using affection and support to ensure success. Every guy mentioned in the book has expectations for the girl he 's involved with: Richie expects his house to be clean, the children to be away or quiet, his dinner warm; Jamie expects his wife to look forward to his return, to agree with him about important decisions about their children; Steve expects Tina to help him terrorize other people; Cal expects Kim to want him; Josh expects his girlfriend to want to come home with him; Park expects Eleanor to want to hang out with him, he gets upset that she can 't, her to stand up for herself and them. Many of the boys have certain sexual expectations about the girls, like Cal refers to Kim by her breasts and is willing to make Park break her heart so she 'll come to him. As mentioned earlier, Richie also expects his wife to want to be with him (sexually) at all times and it 's a regular occurrence for him to sexually assault his wife, "When it was worse than bedsprings, when it was shouting or crying, they 'd huddle together, all five of them, on Eleanor 's bed" (Rowell, R. (2013, February 26). Eleanor & Park. Retrieved from http://www.oldlibrary.net/Young_Adult/Eleanor_Park/index.html). The way girls treat other girls and boys is similar to the way the boys treat them, on many occasions girls refer to other people by their physical attributes like Eleanor is 'Big Red ' because of her large breasts and red hair, and Eleanor and DeNice talk about Tina in a demeaning way saying " 'She ain’t all that... walking

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