The True Power Of Women Essay

1535 Words Dec 15th, 2016 7 Pages
The True Power Of Women In Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw, the characters presented in the play each depict a Victorian stereotype relative to their gender role during this time period. During the Victorian era, males were privileged and could do whatever they pleased in order to live the life they dreamed of. “The man’s power is active, progressive, and defensive. He is eminently the doer, the creator, the discoverer, the defender. His intellect if for speculation and invention; his energy for adventure, for war, and for conquest” (Ruskin 1615). The male characters presented in Mrs. Warren’s Profession each show an attribute from this quote taken from Of Queens’ Garden by John Ruskin. Now comparing to the woman’s role during the Victorian era, Ruskin writes, “the women’s power is for rule, not for battle, -- and her intellect is not for invention or creation, but for sweet ordering, arrangement, and decision. She sees the qualities of things, their claims, and their places. Her great function is Praise” (1615). From the points Ruskin brings up, the two sexes are clearly distinguished and there is an expectation or an idea of what each role should perform. Although this is the case, Mrs. Warren’s Profession shows that the women are actually the ones in control of the men in the play. They may still follow some of the traits which is expected of them, but they do not completely follow the gender stereotypes as the males do in the play. A male character that…

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