COURTSHIP THROUGH THE AGES BY JAMES THURBER PDF

White in Always casting a humorously ironic eye on the human condition, his best known collections include Is Sex Necessary? Analogy, like simile metaphor , is also a form of comparison. But there is a big difference between the two. While the latter uses comparison on one point of resemblance, the former draws a parallel between two unlike things that have several common qualities or points of resemblance.

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By: Kevarius A little essay on the funny things mole rats do during courtship and what this writer makes of it. This means that while I am able to grudgingly accept rules of equality so fervently spouted by feminists, I absolutely cannot tolerate a female lording over a male. Hence one can imagine my great indignation when the teacher read to the class an essay about mole rats, where masculine pride is ignored, battered and left for the dead.

Written by a female student of course formerly of RGS, the male mole rat evidently subjects himself to considerable physical trauma in his fervent courtship for the benefit of the female. More specifically, he competes against rocks for the Hard-head Cup and if he is unlucky, another male who is considerably more dangerous than an immobile piece of rock. Whose skull will crack open first? Is steel ore harder or is mole rat skull bone harder?

All this for the entertainment of the female. Gender equality is one of those funny ideas that crop up now and then with the advent of civilization. But forgive me for the digression and the somewhat over-emotional reaction at what should be just a lighthearted piece on animal courtship. Still, that a new-age female i. Unless of course, you have attended the annual Mole Rat Debating Competition. And in the natural order of things, it is glaringly obvious that the males generally occupy the head position in the hierarchy.

Allow me to draw a parallel with that of lions. The male is the pride leader; he eats the most. Yet the hunting is done by the females while the male, by his personal choice, sloths around in the trees and gets fat. This is why the male mole rat has to keep banging his head through stubborn layers of soil in order to reach the female.

He cannot tolerate that a female would be somewhere above him in their subterranean dwellings. The female, on the other hand, demurely awaits the male who is barging around several meters beneath her. She does not go up to retain her superior position, as feminists would advocate, because mole rats, as the name suggests, do not venture out from their tunnels very often and there is nothing but sun and sky up there, a place which mole rats would find rather inhospitable.

This suggests a rather fitting metaphor for humans female humans mainly , about staying put at the way Nature wanted you to, but since the teacher marking this belongs to the aforementioned gender, I shall not pursue this. Why then, does the female mole rat not endeavour to make things easier for her suitor?

Why instead, does she choose a brutal rock surface for her beloved suitor to charge through as mentioned in the offending essay? The female, being the nurturer as nature makes them, is much more sensitive to emotions than the males. After all, it is they who take care of the young. Thus the female knows exactly what the male is trying to do. That is, to impress her with a masculine smashing of things that proves his superiority.

The female, however, has been eyeing this hunk for several weeks now, and she will accept him regardless of what happens. The problem is that the male mole rat believes his flagrant display of his prowess is the main criteria for judging, which is not the truth at all.

The female is not looking for hard heads. She is looking for big hearts, someone who will treat her well instead of giving her a good beating, which is what most brawny people do.

Give other people beatings. The fiendishly solid rock is the fiendish fire-breathing dragon, and the female mole rat, his damsel-in-distress. And the damsel-in-distress never fights the dragon, does she? No, she waits to be rescued and so the female plays the part and waits for her boyfriend to get over this silly mood of aggression. But every now and then, a real villain pops up, a rival male, who, through the warped perceptions of our hero, is the malevolent Dark Knight and the saga climaxes in an epic duel to the finish, with huge sound effects signaled by ear-clattering head-on clashes.

Hopefully there is a happy ending. Just as the princess and the knight ride off into the sunset, the happy mole rats er… shamble off into the deeper recesses of the tunnel.

At last I come to the part where I explain myself. The ideal relationship is as thus in my opinion. The male mole rat believes himself to be the central figure in his rousing high adventure but really, his centrality is another way to make the female feel valued, that such a great warrior would want her. Five dragons would seem a little overboard. What am I saying? Simply put, my chauvinism is easily satisfied.

Just like the male mole rat, as long as my female counterpart plays along with my masculine posturing, she can subtly lead me around by the nose. The courtship ritual read bachelor life is the perhaps the greatest indulging in showing off the male mole rat will ever have in his life. Thereafter, he has his wife to think about.

Indeed, the female is the focal point in married life… And not just for breeding purposes. It is an ingenious balance. Females out-earning their husbands are bad for the balance. Female mole rats using the head-butting as a test are bad for the balance. Gender equality for males, I say! We are heading into the other direction, but for the same destination- gender inequality.

That must not happen. Each gender has a role to play, and it is not fair for either to try to be the other. A female sole breadwinner? A househusband? It is too much even for a moderate chauvinist.

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Fe anthropoid Dominance or Male Failure? He emphasizes the lack of success manfuls acquire through with predicate lawsuit rituals and the unbroken rejection we endure. Our determination of courting the womanish with solely our love displays whitethorn be pointless as it is homely in the insistent failures of courtship by all a potent creatures. Thurber shares his problems with courtship and the fibre which men portray, he explores the alliance amidst spirit and culture, and the demands culture places on men. Thurbers frustration with the womanly species is manifest and is reflected throughout his essay.

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Courtship Through The Ages

By: Kevarius A little essay on the funny things mole rats do during courtship and what this writer makes of it. This means that while I am able to grudgingly accept rules of equality so fervently spouted by feminists, I absolutely cannot tolerate a female lording over a male. Hence one can imagine my great indignation when the teacher read to the class an essay about mole rats, where masculine pride is ignored, battered and left for the dead. Written by a female student of course formerly of RGS, the male mole rat evidently subjects himself to considerable physical trauma in his fervent courtship for the benefit of the female. More specifically, he competes against rocks for the Hard-head Cup and if he is unlucky, another male who is considerably more dangerous than an immobile piece of rock.

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Thurber discusses how the male half of the species must take great pains to interest the female half and he commiserates with animals and insects of all kinds using a lighthearted humor. He concludes that man is not the highest form of animal on earth and that the reverse of Darwinism is true: Man has actually descended from animals because he possesses negative characteristics and stoops to lows that animals would not. The difference in tone of both essays can be accounted for in the purpose of each. Twain intends to disparage the cruelties of the human race, but Thurber intends to laugh at them.

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