Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gryphon: Teacher and Baxter
Gryphon is a short story about women. Author showed 2 types of women. The first type represented by the teacher, and the second type represented by the narrators commence. The teacher represents women who are free and not restricted by family. She was not married, she traveled in position to explore the cosmea, and she was well educated, while narrators mother was a typically housewife dependant on her husband and predestined to full- epoch mothering at home (Rich, 1996) In the first paragraph is presented set down Ferenczi a vary teacher.Unlike other boring normal substitute teachers, who provided easeful class day, and nervously covered real(a) (Baxter, p. 15)into the class came woman they had never seen. She was no special age but her face had two swelled lines, descending vertically from the sides of her mouth to her chin. I knew where I had seen those lines before Pinocchio. They were marionette lines (Baxter, 2010). As she walks to the chalkboard, picking up pieces o f white and green chalk, she draws a large oak tree on the left side of the blackboard saying the class take aims this tree in it. Then she told the class about her royal Hungarian ancestor.She was proud of her mother being a famous pianist who succeeded her first concert in capital of the United Kingdom for ? crowned heads. The substitute teachers behavior and personality surprised her students because she was strange. She was different from their mothers, which were uneducated housewives school term silently at the concealment of the room, doing her knitting. (Baxter, 2010) Narrators mother face and hairstyle always reminded other nation of Betty Crocker, whose picture was framed inside a gigantic spoon on the side of the Bisquick box (Baxter, 2010). For him his mother face just looked white (Baxter, 2010).She always had chores to do she was only interested in cleaning and cooking. She did not participate in the life of her son, she really did not talk to him, she just comman d. They only have time for talking when the father gets home (Baxter, 2010). Every involvement has to be prepared before the Lords coming home. For her the most important thing was to clean up before dinner (Baxter, 2010). The diamond is one symbol that helps to convey this theme. According to escape Ferenczi diamond s are magic and this is why women wear them on their fingers, as a patsy of the magic womanhood (Baxter, 2010).Every young fille dreams of a fairy-tale prince and to live happily ever after. In the instinct of young women is a deeply rooted compulsion to join. Women have married because it was necessary, in order to stretch forth economically, in order to have children who would not suffer economic deprivation or social banishment. (Rich, 1996) In a really life it turns out that matrimony is a trap. Men manifest a male power and treat the institution of marriage and motherhood as unpaid production (Rich, 1996). They keep in women physically and prevent their mo vement (Rich, 1996).Also narrators mother was in this kind of trap. She touched the back of her hand to my forehead and I felt her diamond ring against my skin (Baxter, 2010). The diamond in the world was cursed and had killed everyone who owned it, and that by trick of fate it was called the Hope diamond (Baxter, 2010). The same as marriage could kill womens creativeness and their independence. Definition of male pursuits as more valuable than womanly indoors any culture, so that cultural values become the embodiment of male subjectivity restriction of female self- fulfillment to marriage and motherhood. Rich, 1996) In an attempt to show the restriction of female self- fulfillment to marriage and motherhood (Rich, 1996) Miss Ferenczi predicted the future of their students using a tarot. Predictions are shown to be different for girls and boys. In the girls future she did not see higher education but she saw an early marriage, some children and tasks of housewife life, while in boys future travel, late marriage and maybe a good life (Baxter, 2010). It is a proof that the situation of women is the same for many generations regardless of time, place and culture. In the short story Gryphon were shown two women and two styles of life.A common part for these two women is just sex. The substitute teacher was as the fabulous beast gryphon with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion (Baxter, 2010) meanwhile a narrators mother was like a most women, who need men as social and economic protectors. Work Cited Charles Baxter. Gryphon. Literature Reading, Reacting, Writing. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandel (7th Edition). Boston Wadsworth, 2010. 242-253. Print. Adriane Rich authoritative Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. Feminism and Sexuality. Jackson E. Scott (1996).