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The Roles Played by the Men and Women Portrayed In Two Short Stories by Shirley Jackson As members of society we are affected by various elements of the world around us in everything we do The actions attitudes and beliefs of those who make up the population are essentially the building blocks of society The specific roles of men and women have been debated for as long as they have existed for humans In very early times structure of society was very rigid and there was strong promotion of conformity of all classes Over time however these rigid lines have been blurred due to a questioning of equality among the sexes The roles have diffused each other and seem to have reached an almost equal standard Complete equality is a difficult concept for us as humans to accept As women we want to be treated equally yet when it comes to taking out the garbage we usually ask a man to do it Similarly men would like women to be independent of them but if you misplace their screwdriver you become banned from the toolbox Two short stories by Shirley Jackson The Lottery and Like Mother Used to Make act to juxtapose each other when observing the roles of men and women The specific roles of men and women are depicted in both stories In The Lottery Jackson has the men arriving at the drawing first followed by the women The men do not even arrive with the women this shows societies value placed on the man such that they care little for the women and are not anticipating the horror in the act that they are about to encounter The men are the higher power and have more authority then the women over the obedience of the children Although the women stay home and take care of the kids and cook for them and clean it is the power
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