Gender Bias in Literature
“Men Fix Things…Girls Have Dolls”
-Shirley B. Ernst
I have thought about many different ways to organize this paper and have come to the conclusion that the best way to approach the topic is on a book-by-book basis. My perceptions of the gender biases in these books vary greatly and I did not want to begin altering my views on each so that they would fit into certain contrived connections. What interests me most in these stories is how the authors utilize certain character’s within their given environment. Their instincts and reactions are a wonderful window into how the authors perceive these “people” would interact with their surroundings and often are either rewarded or punished by the author through consequences in the plot for their responses. Through this means we can see how the authors expect their characters to behave in relation to their post in the world. We must be very careful as readers to judge these biases based only on evidence within the text and not invent them from our own psyche due to the individual world we know.
In Louis Sachar’s award winning book Holes, we see gender biases in many characters. The first and most obvious bias in this book can be found in
"Gender Issues in Books for Children and Young Adults. They present to us a reflection, however warped it may be, of the world we live in and the perceptions inherent within it. Many of the boys refer to him sarcastically as "mom", and it is not because of his loving nature. the way Sachar"tms characters address Mr. In What Jamie Saw, by Carolyn Coman, gender bias shows itself in a new way. Each author presents to us an image of the world and then displays the principles they hold dear by controlling their characters within it. Ernst wrote, ""changes in children"tms books often come long after they have been seen in reality" (76). Only by dissecting obvious examples of these biases will we ever be able to abandon them. He is attempting to satirize our stereotypes of the nuclear family through the over-the-top nature of this family. He takes on almost a Neanderthal-ic feel as the book progresses and the lives of everyone involved become more complicated. Creech uses Sal to show us the human spirit that can exist within a good and intelligent person, regardless of their sex or social category. This image of perfection can be seen in Cammy"tms description of Patty Ann, "Patty Ann had her special expression again, the kind that made folks say she was the best. Pendanski is portrayed as the antithesis of Mr.