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A look into the Violent Truth In the four books One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest The Picture of Dorian Grey All Quiet on the Western Front and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress each author gives us a clue into their world into their lives and into their views on gender roles violence isolation and self-knowledge Ken Kesey has plenty to share with his readers about his idea of gender roles in society In his novel One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest Kesey uses a method of comparing the roles of men and women by reversing them The ward is a perfect example In this ward Nurse Ratched the head nurse has power over the patients in the ward She also curiously enough has control over the male staff in the ward including the doctors and the black boys whom she uses for spying on the patients Kesey portrays the character of a highly manipulative shrewd and heartless Head Nurse who would stop at nothing to achieve her goal to attain total control over the ward a role that traditionally would be associated with male totalitarian dictators such as Stalin or Hitler Oscar Wildes views differ significantly from that of Keseys In The Picture of Dorian Grey Lord Henry aphorisms often revolve around the idea of women being objects through which men can become more refined and respectable Lord Henry tells Dorian on page 54 that There are only two kinds of women the plain and the coloured The plain women are very useful If you want to gain a reputation for respectability you have merely to take them down to supper Wilde often categorizes women in this way throughout the book but he always maintains the idea that women are meant only as tools which is also a reason why there are no dynamic female characters In Dai Sijies Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress the message of gender roles is
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