AI wish they would only take me as I am.
This quotation could easily be the main character of my books dying words. With the constant misleading conceptions of humanity today, it is difficult to be one=s self and still be respected by the community and not isolated for being an individual. Mentally, the impact of society=s presumptions can be costly and frightful, not to mention cause a lot of damage. In my novel, The Edible Women the main character, Marian, is confronted with the mental impact and control the world around really has. Humanity, is such, that it pressures Marian to feel that her major role in life is to marry, remain domesticated, and procreate. The increasing pressure to conform to societies stereotypes of women are causing Marian to feel that piece by piece, she is being consumed. Because Marian feels as though society is consuming her, she cannot herself consume what she feels has an equal right to life as she does. In Margaret Atwood=s The Edible Women, Marian McAlpine is confronted with society=s!.
stereotypes of a women. It is Marian=s rejection of these clichés which cause her to feel as though she is being consumed, resulting in her inability to consume other living organisms. .
Humanity is such that it pressures Marian to feel that her major role in life is to marry, remain domesticated, and procreate. Marian is programmed into believing that to become a valued member of society, she must obtain a male protector, not rely on any post-secondary education, and embrace motherhood. Marian=s friend Joe assumes that A . . . all unmarried girls are easily victimized and needing protection.@ (34) of a strong male influence. By Joe=s presumption that women are in need of a male protector, indicates that females are perceived as the weaker sex. In order to be accepted as a woman, Marian is manipulated into conforming to societal norms by the subliminal messages bestowed upon her by the community at large.