Essay on The Wom Gender Roles

1087 Words Oct 13th, 2016 5 Pages
“The woman”: Gender Roles in “A Scandal in Bohemia” Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the very famous “Sherlock Holmes” mystery series. Throughout his series he had very normal gender roles and depicted woman in the characterized norm of his time period. In this period the men were viewed as superior to women because it was normal for women to stay at home, take care of kids, and submit to their husbands. Holmes followed this stereotype in his stories by depicting the women as dainty damsels in distress who were less intelligent than his male counterparts. However, in his story “A Scandal in Bohemia”, he introduces a woman who defies all of his normal womanly stereotypes. In creating Irene Adler Doyle plays around with expected gender role of this period. He raises the thought that women can be independent, intelligent, and witty. “To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.”(Doyle, 1)

The opening line gives a picture of how Holmes views Adler and the rest of the female sex. We understand up until his meeting with Adler that Holmes sees women in the very stereotypical view of the time, inferior and fragile. I do not according to the text believe that really changes after his run in with Irene. He states that “she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex”, meaning that she is the exception. He does see her as intelligent and witty, but this, to him,…

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