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Lazybones- Frederick Philip Grove (Elizabeth and Walter)
- comparison/contrast of Liz and Wal
o Liz always in movement, Wal still sleeping
Morning and night he is lying down
o Children like their same sex parent
- Gender Norms
o Betray: her power makes it difficult for her to conform to traditional female role
o Wal doesn’t fit into his shoes
Could mean he isn’t’ carrying out traditional role of man as breadwinner
Ellipsis after shoes hurt him, does his shoes really hurt him?
o Irene, only other woman mentioned, described by looks, high-stepper (degrades her
status, term used for horses)
Objectifying Liz, appearance indicating she doesn’t fall in gender script
o Lots of mention of Wal good looks, diminishes his masculinity
o Her own tradition
Isn’t traditional, its her own, she wants to farm and be =
Liz ventures beyond domestic roles and takes control of farm
o In front of visitor they uphold traditional roles
Confronting limitations of her power, comes out where there’s an audience
Has to remain tied to domestic sphere and cont to give impression that her
husband assumes all authority and control
Threatens if he doesn’t work she will, will undermine Wal’s status in public
o She is restricted and constrained to these roles and are passed on to kids
o She needs Wal and then she doesn’t
Key theme, needs him to make her dream come true but he’s useless
Needs him if she is to remain on the farm
Wal name separate
o Less married to him as =, has to do all the work, Wal child like who needs reminders and
help
Have created relationship where she can take on power
Threat of public shaming source and limitation of her power
Threat is of shaming him into doing the work, in which she would take
delight doing
Open and public flaunting of her power and competence undermines
and threatens her husband’s status
o In their private dynamic they don’t conform to gender roles, but sometimes she needs
him to take charge
o Wal is more femininereversal of gender roles
Gossiping with others
Holding child to his hip
o Use of traditional marriage to challenge gender norms
Able to stay on farm

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Lazybones- Frederick Philip Grove (Elizabeth and Walter) - comparison/contrast of Liz and Wal o Liz always in movement, Wal still sleeping  Morning and night he is lying down o Children like their same sex parent - Gender Norms o Betray: her power makes it difficult for her to conform to traditional female role o Wal doesn’t fit into his shoes  Could mean he isn’t’ carrying out traditional role of man as breadwinner  Ellipsis after shoes hurt him, does his shoes really hurt him? o Irene, only other woman mentioned, described by looks, high-stepper (degrades her status, term used for horses)  Objectifying Liz, appearance indicating she doesn’t fall in gender script o Lots of mention of Wal good looks, diminishes his masculinity o Her own tradition  Isn’t traditional, its her own, she wants to farm and be =  Liz ventures beyond domestic roles and takes control of farm o In front of visitor they uphold traditional roles  Confronting limitations of her power, comes out where there’s an audience  Has to remain tied to domestic sphere and cont to give impression that her husband assumes all authority and control  Threatens if he doesn’t work she will, will undermine Wal’s status in public o She is restricted and constrained to these roles and are passed on to kids o She needs Wal and then she doesn’t  Key theme, needs him to make her dream come true but he’s useless  Needs him if she is to remain on the farm  Wal name separate o Less married to him as =, has to do all the work, Wal child like who needs reminders and help  Have created relationship where she can take on power  Threat of public shaming source and limitation of her power  Threat is of shaming him into doing the work, in which she would take delight doing  Open and public flaunting of her power and competence undermines and threatens her husband’s status o In their private dynamic they don’t conform to gender roles, but sometimes she needs him to take charge o Wal is more femininereversal of gender roles  Gossiping with others  Holding child to his hip o Use of traditional marriage to challenge gender norms  Able to stay on farm  Takes on both male and female roles - Negotiation o Liz has larger destiny she can fulfill by marrying Wal o Liz acknowledges disappointment o Declares love despite of all other things o Not romantic language, very practical o Wal tells her b4 hand that he’s poor and not to expect much  Kind of like he’s warning her that he won’t be a good husband o Wal will let her live in her own trad
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