Comparing Beowulf And Grendel's Mother

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Throughout history, men have dominated the important roles and objectified women. From the Anglo-Saxons in England to the modern world, women are socially, politically, and economically than men. In Beowulf, Wealhtheow and Grendel’s mother are two examples of women who seem to either enjoy their role in society or destroyed gender norms. They break the opinion of the time-- women being weak and passive and men being heros. Our society hasn’t advanced as much as it could have throughout the ages, and we still have very similar stigma towards feminism as the Anglo Saxons. . In Beowulf, two women mentioned are Wealhtheow and Grendel's Mother, also known as the Water Witch. Grendel’s mother is described as fiercer than her son Grendel, and was…show more content…
Even in this day and age. women are subjected to rape, slavery, and slaughter; humanity hasn’t made much progress even after hundreds years. Most countries use women and sex objects, in first and third world countries alike, females are kidnapped and raped. Furthermore, women are subject to general harassment from males, such as being catcalled and demoralized. Society still discourages women to pursue the STEM fields and deems them as physically inept. They are turned down from jobs, subject to domestic abuse, and harassed on the streets. Why is it that it is socially acceptable for a woman to arrive to work in a men’s formal suit but a man is often punished for wearing a woman's formal dress? Why are common insults for females “slut” “whore” and “bitch” but one of the few insults specifically intended to degrade males is “girl”? Why can a courthouse made entirely up of men decide on the rights of women? Why does a woman make 33 cents less than every dollar a man earns? Society still hasn’t changed its view on women significantly compared to the 7th century, and we are still similar to the Anglo-Saxon era, where women were stereotyped to be weak, fragile, and considered ‘men’s

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