The Female Sex-Role Stereotyping in Boys and Girls

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Ernest Hemingway's Cat in the Rain is a story of an American married couple staying in a French hotel. The main character in this story is the unnamed female who is one of the two Americans in this story. Hemingway uses many methods to revel this character to the reader. Three of the main methods he uses are, through the woman's dialogue, by the use of the minor characters, and through symbolism.

The main method used to develop the women to the reader is through the minor characters. The first of the minor characters in the story is the woman's husband, George, who through the whole story is lying in bed reading a story. ‘I'm going down and get that kitty,' the American wife said. ‘I'll do it,' her husband offered from the bed. ‘No, I'll get it. The poor kitty is out trying to keep dry under the table.' This quote revels that the woman is a very caring person. When she says "No, I'll get it" The reader kind of feels that the woman really cares for and cherishes her marriage to George. 'I wanted it so much,' she said. ‘I don't know why I wanted it so much. I wanted that poor kitty. It isn't any fun to be a poor kitty out in the rain.' George was reading again. In this quote Hemingway is tying to show the carelessness of George. Seeing how George is back to his reading before the woman stops talking, Hemingway is trying to imply to the reader that George doesn't pay much attention to his wife. This makes the reader question if the marriage the woman is involved in, is a good marriage or a troubled marriage. By this quote and other remakes George makes throughout the story, Hemingway revels that the marriage is a troubled marriage. The second minor character to appear in the story is the office manager of the Hotel at which they are staying. "The wife went downstairs and the hotel owner stood up and bowed to her as she passed the office. His desk was at the far end of the office. He was an old man and very tall… She liked the hotelkeeper." Here Hemingway was...
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