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In the novel Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson women are presented much differently than men Women are presented as sex objects powerless and over-emotional I will use Louise Trunion Louise Hardy and Virginia Richmond as examples to show Andersons view on women Also Wash Williams George Willard and Tom Willard are examples of men in Winesburg Ohio that show it was acceptable at the time to have these views Firstly Trunion possesses a much discussed character flaw she is extremely promiscuous In Nobody Knows George Willard first discovers Trunions affection for him in a suggestive note from Trunion that states Im yours if you want me Also the town whispered tales concerning Louise Definitely this is not a positive characterization Trunion and Willard proceed to make love with each other yet despite this intimacy Willard has in his heart no sympathy for her The fact that Trunion is viewed scandalously by the town and Willard while Trunions partners were not shamed at all shows a view by Anderson and society at the time he wrote Winesburg Ohio that female promiscuity was unaccceptable but for males the view was just boys will be boys In truth this double standard is still present today Louise Hardy is a second example of Andersons showing a negative portrayal of women Her temper was shown by Anderson as being so terrible that everyone agreed that she was to blame for the difficulties in her familys life Anderson also wrote she was a neurotic one of the race of over-sensitive women That statement most certainly shows that Anderson was sexist or trying to shock the readers of the time Also when her son tries to run away Hardy is displayed as emotionally unstable This most peaceful and loving thing becomes a neurotic person with mood swings Virginia Richmond is another example of Andersons treatment of women in Winesburg Ohio She is unable to discipline her son as
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