This post focuses on comparing Sylvia Beech’s ‘Shakespeare and Company” and the hit TV show ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ It is interesting to see the ways in which the characters struggle to understand who they really are and try to find what is socially acceptable for them in society and their friends group.
Dominance is argued to be a biological trait of the male species in which the larger size of males as well as their higher levels of testosterone lead to their “aggressive and dominant behavior” (623). In contrast, females are described as being more timid and shy which lead to them being more nurturing. The dynamic duo of Sylvia Beach (author of Shakespeare and Co.) and James Joyce (author of Ulysses) are two friends who experience a swap in their gender roles. As has already been noted, the typical role of the female in a relationship is as the subordinate while the male role is as the dominant. In the case of Beach and Joyce however these roles are reversed. Through the simple act of a handshake, Beach is described as being more masculine than Joyce:
“We shook hands; that is, he put his limp, boneless hand in my tough…
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