Task 3A: Women in American and British societies

In the following part, we will look at two texts in your exam set: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Female role” by Tanya Gold. We will summarize each the two texts and outline some key points that will be of help when you discuss what the two texts say about the expectations placed on women in the American and British societies.

Summary: “Gone Girl”

The text “Gone Girl” is an excerpt from the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, published in June 2012.

In the excerpt in the exam set, one of the main characters, Amy Dunn, recalls how she met her husband, Nick, while pretending to be a “cool girl”. Her monologue continues with her criticizing the idea of the “cool girl”.

For the narrator, this type of girl does not exist, and women only pretend to be cool to attract men. In their turn, guys actually believe that this type of woman is real. Amy defines a cool girl as a woman who likes everything a man does and never complains. She recalls how she used to hate both men who liked cool gir...

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