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  1. Introduction
  2. The stock market in the 1920's
  3. Hemingway's book The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife
    1. The way to the moral high ground
  4. Welty's Death of a Traveling Salesman
    1. Regaining masculinity
  5. What the authors are trying to say about emasculation
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

During the first half of the twentieth century, the United States, along with much of the world, saw great strides made in the feminist movement. The rights of and respect toward women were beginning to take an upward momentum, and at the same time, traditional ideas of masculine infallibility and superiority were being brought down. Literature, as always, had its finger on the pulse of this social change, and many authors chose to write about not just the women gaining power, but the men losing it.

Keywords: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited, Bowman

[...] Bowman has recently recovered from an illness that left him weak and helpless in a hospital bed. Time and time again Welty brings us back to Bowman's affliction, ?when he was sick he had learned to sink submissively into the pillows, to wait for his medicine? (Welty 238), showing Bowman's distrust for illness, he distrusted the road without signposts? and his fear of it. As a result of this illness, his heartbeat is irregular, and he eventually dies of an apparent heart attack at the end of the story. [...]


[...] In some ways Doc is trying to get back to something, his marriage couldn't have always been like that, and he had to learn to threaten men that were big and liked to fight from somewhere. The emasculation of these characters in all three cases was something that came along at some point, and all three of them want to go back to a time before that happened. What are the authors trying to say about emasculation? Charlie is a sympathetic character trying to recover from past mistakes, and Marion seems unreasonable. [...]

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