Stereotyping and Role Assignment to Women in Fiction: A Specific Assessment of Malamud’s Novels
Men have a be-all place in Malamud and the heroines play a subsidiary role to the heroes. Though Malamud’s contemporary, Saul Bellow was more of a male Chauvinistic than Malamud, yet the latter, too, cannot be condoned for the step-fatherly treatment meted out to women. Female characters are given marginal slot in the novels either to support in the male quest or thwart his cause. Except in one or two novels, female characters are non-significant before the protagonists. They, as individuals, do not have their own identity; rather have been created to serve the purpose of the writer as well as his plot and male characters.
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