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"Women who do not conform to society's perceptions are trying to be like men." Discuss in relation to The Taming of the Shrew and Oranges are not the Only Fruit. "Women who do not conform to society's perceptions are trying to be like men." Discuss in relation to The Taming of the Shrew and Oranges are not the Only Fruit.

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Women who have come to see a reason to not conform to society's expectations have generally found a reason to see and desire a broader horizon. Rarely, if ever, do women with broader visions try to "be like men" just to be like men, though often having broader options includes doing things men have traditionally held reserved amongst themselves.

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This is a faulty supposition, and the reverse idea--that men who do not conform to society's perceptions of men are actually just trying to be women--is equally ridiculous. Obviously, some women have had to figure out how to "play the game" in a man's world to break through the barriers in certain careers; and it may even happen today. However, these women are not trying to be men--they are trying to compete with them on a level playing field.

Katherine is not trying to be the boss; she is trying not to get lost, to ensure her place, in her husband's world.

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I do not think this is true at all.  A woman can be her own woman without acting like a man.  A woman who does some things that men do, or even dresses like a man, is not necessarily being a man either.  You can be your own individual, no matter how you act or dress.  I think it's wrong to make assumptions that women envy men.

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This is a very interesting question which could be responded to at many levels. It has been while since I have read Jeanette Winterson's excellent novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, but I certainly remember enough to be able to give you some initial considerations to think about when comparing these two texts.

First of all, I need to point out that there is a rather chauvanistic implication in the prompt you have been given. Do we seriously believe that if women go against the position that society has for them they...

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