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The narrator views this woman as an object rather than a person; she is a moving body without individual thought. In this way, the narrator looks at this woman the same way white men look at him during the battle royal.
I had a notion that of all in the room she saw only me with her impersonal eyes.
This furthest the idea of woman paralleling the helpless and subservient position of black people in the society. The woman is "tossed" as "college boys are tossed in a hazing" and thus she is treated with no respect or regard for her safety.
They caught her just as she reached a door, raised her from the floor, and tossed her as college boys are tossed at a hazing, and above her red, fixed smiling lips I saw the terror and that which I saw in some of the other boys.
Mr. Norton descrives his daughter as "pure" yet holds unpure thoughts about her.
She was too pure for life, too pure and too good and too beautiful.
This demonstrates a need to justify wrong actions trough blaming his daughter for seducing him. She is not his daughter, but simply a "woman" who is attempting to "please" him; yet the reality is that she is asleep and he is hearing what he wants to hear.
She said something I couldn't understand, like a woman says when she wants to tease and please a man.
This, again, demonstrates an excuse for every behavior by suggesting a man can see what he wants to see in a girl. The use of "whore" very descriptively demonstrates how society sees woman who have sex at all.
Although maybe sometimes a man can look at a little ole pigtail gal and see him a whore.
In a juxtaposition with the black community, woman are treated in a similar subservient manner. Woman are seen as emotionless objects rather than people, and are used only as men in the society see fit; both white and black men demonstrate belief in their control and superiority to woman around them.
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