The topic of this essay is Gender Stereotype. I chose it because today, there is still a lot of stereotype that goes on, especially for women. What I hope for everyone to learn by this, is that stereotype still exists for people and it can be in any shape or form.
Natalie and Alexandra (Alex for short) were two very different twin sisters. Though inseparable when they were younger, the girls grew apart as soon as they were old enough to decide what they want.
Natalie went through her childhood attempting to please everyone and try to fit in with her wealthier friends. Because of this, she always asked for materialistic things, which she attained. Natalie eventually became spoiled, but always had a slight the feeling of dejection in her life.
Alex on the other, grew up as a Tom Boy. Arguing with her mother on being a proper girl who would play with girls her age instead of her older brother Joshua and his friends. Despite her being more of a boy, Alex was always a happy child who could get along with most people.
Though Natalie always had people surrounding her, she felt alone. She was the leader of her clique. Everyone admired her and expected her to always be poised and have her life organized.
Alex would often tell her sister not to do what everyone expected of her, and instead feel free to live the way she wanted. Natalie, thought felt her sister didn’t not understand her situation. This eventually tore their relationship apart.
A few years later, Natalie became married to a wealthy career oriented man who her parents knew. He expected his wife to cater to his every whim because she was the woman. Natalie accepted this fact, because she thought in her mind that since she was his wife, he was right.
After being married to the man for a couple of years however, Natalie began doubting herself of being the perfect wife. She no longer wanted to be the woman who always had a smile on her face despite what she was feeling.
After a long a painful battle with colon cancer, Natalie’s husband dies. She finds herself, all of sudden, alone with no purpose in life. Due to the fact that she lived behind a man.
After a bout of loneliness, she decides to reconnect with her twin sister Alex.
Upon meeting her at the tea house, she finds Alex, joyful, exciting, and full of life as she was those years ago. As they share what the other has been up to, Natalie gets the feeling that her sister is hiding something.
She discovers that Alex has stage four breast cancer. As she beings to cry, her sister comforts her saying that she is happy with the way she lived her life because she lived it her own way and no one else’s.
After their meeting, Natalie has a epiphany. She no longer has to please everyone, and act her part as the perfect woman.
As the years pass, Alex dies without any regret of her life. At the funeral, there were many people there who were actual friends and not mere acquaintances.
Natalie, seeing what a happy existence her sister lived by not going with the conventional standards, decides to go against what other housewives have instilled in her and start a new life.
My experience in this project left me with the hope that people will try and go against not only gender stereotypes, but all stereotypes. I learned that following what is expected of you is not always the best course of action. Also, because of this essay, I hope to try to stop some stereotypes myself.