The Role Of Women In India And South America



In the stories read concerning India and South America, women play
important roles. Some are not so tasteful while others portray them as
strong and independent. In each story, woman are allowed to express
themselves quite differently. They lead a life that dos not parallel ours
but hopefully one day will.

Women in India occupy a paradoxical status. On one hand, there is an
abundance of goddesses occupying pivotal places in Indian mythology. On
the other hand, there are inhuman Atraditions@ piled against them; Sati,
Dowry-system, etc. come to mind. Yet, now there are possibly more Indian
women in scientific, medical, and professional areas than many
Aliberalized@ Western nations. ...

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45 minutes a woman is kidnapped or abducted.
335 of women are subjected to cruelty. 17 dowry deaths are reported every
day. In the reading done this semester it is shown that the treatment of
women in India is not often understood.

"The Shroud", written by Prem Chand, is a perfect example on how women are
disrespected by their husbands. The women in the story dies during
childbirth and her husband is worried too much about his own enjoyment than
purchasing a proper shroud for her to be burned in. This is quite an
isolated case though, because the people of the village are ashamed by his
actions. The husband, Madhav, and his father, Ghisu, go around the town
weeping for the death of the woman but their tears are false. All they
want is money. She lived miserably, working only to feed her and husband
and care for the children. Ghisu said it best when he sais Awhy do you
weep my boy? Rather rejoice that she is freed from this web of illusion.
Escaped from this tangle of ...

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Anand had gone to a school
in America and the old traditions did not suit him very well.

Anand's friend, a female, also studies in America with him and she is the
epitome of a modern Indian woman. She is independantm assertive and will
not allow any man to make decisions for her. America molded ner to be this
way. In AResignation@ though, the wife of Fateh Chand, Sharda, is the
strong one while Fateh Chand himself is weak. She has determination. It
is her push that forces Fateh Chand to fight his boss and to keep his pride.
AThe biggest thing for a man is to keep his honor; {...} If you had
borne the insult silently, I would have hated to look at your face; {...}
in my heart ...

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