The Patriarchy Of The 's Tower Essay

1103 Words Feb 13th, 2016 5 Pages
3. Tying It All Together
Society allowed the patriarchy to become a self-functioning Panopticon by conditioning itself to abide by a certain set of rules or face brutal consequences. The government clearly had a lot problems to worry about, such as preventing gang violence and enforcing prohibition. Societies had firmly set gender roles in tradition ever since the beginning of civilized humankind. Failing to abide by tradition sometimes meant ostracization or even worse consequences. As a result, when progressive eras came around, there was resistance. Those trapped in tradition tried to hold others back not wanting to risk aggravating the imaginary man hiding in the Panopticon’s tower. The world was an enclosed arena for Hemingway and a claustrophobic city for Dos Passos where everyone was always watching. And the patriarchy was supposedly watching too. That is not to say that there was never a patriarchy. Queerness, for example, did not fall in line with social norms because it threatened the balance of the patriarchy. Dos Passos alludes several times to the issues of Oglethorpe and Tony. People simply did not talk about such things.There is this lingering choice of cold isolation or drowning in empathy: does one completely repress his or her emotions to succeed in the world, or is it better to place the world’s burdens on the shoulders of one who cannot possibly hope to survive the crushing agony? For the characters in these novels, the choices are black and white, male…

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