Critical Literature-Based Essay
October 10, 2012
The roles of men and women are changing. Things are not what they used to be. “Today’s father is no longer always the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. He can be single or married; externally employed or stay-at home; gay or straight; an adoptive or step-parent; and a more than capable caregiver to children facing physical or psychological challenges (APA).” This is one of the many sources that express how the roles of men and women are being reversed. Linda Pastan’s poem, Mark, is a reflection of the expectations that families did, and still currently have of mothers and wives. The more our world changes, the more we have to accommodate to what is going on. In the poem, it talks about the scores she received from her husband. “My husband gives me an A / for last night’s supper, / an incomplete for my ironing, / a B plus in bed (Pastan).” It is unclear what the woman’s occupation is, but it does suggest that she is home in the morning to press her husband’s shirt and back home in the evening to prepare dinner. It is possible that the wife truly put effort into all the things she did for her husband, and he only appreciated the things that had nothing to do with work. Since men are creatures that thrive off pleasure, home needs to be a place where he can relax and be happy after leaving a stressful job. He came home, had a wonderful meal, and was pleased before retiring to sleep. But when it came to his shirt being pressed, it may have reminded him of work, and the stresses of it may have had an influence on the grade he gave his wife. Also, Marks talks about a woman’s life, an ordinary and traditional woman’s life. Staying home, taking care of house works and the family members, not being rewarded enough for it, then she finally through with the grades she keeps getting and planning on dropping out the job. Women...