Saturday, 29 October 2011

Gone With The Wind But Never Gone With The Time

I was flipping through the pages of Gone With The Wind and I found a passage that stood out for me. It did so because even though this book tells the story of the Old South, the gender roles and obligations onto women are much the same today as they were back then. Even in my country.

Here goes:

Ellen's life was not easy, nor was it happy, but she did not expect life to be easy, and, if it was not happy, that was woman's lot. It was a man's world, and she accepted it as such. The man owned the property, and the woman managed it. The man took the credit for the management, and the woman praised his cleverness. The man roared like a bull when a splinter was in his finger, and the woman muffled the moans of childbirth, lest she disturb him. Men were rough of speech and often drunk. Women ignored the lapses of speech and put the drunkards to bed without bitter words. Men were rude and outspoken; women were always kind, gracious and forgiving.