What does live up to mean? | live up to definition | idioMeanings.comWhat does this "live up to" mean? "accept something"?
st185)Elaine Showalter, a literary critic, argues that male authors allow their male characters to mistreat women and escape without and apology. She cites Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Thomas Wolfe, and Arthur Miller to illustrate her point. She writes, "Allowing a hero to humiliate himself before a wronged woman would render him awkward, embarrassing, and unmanned." Showalter argues that "if literary heroes never apologize and rarely explain, it must be because male authors regard such actions as dishonorable ." Showalter cites Ibsen's A Doll's House to support her argument. Torvald, in refusing to apologize to his wife Nora, explains that he "would gladly work day and night" for her, but "no man would sacrifice his honor" even for his loved one. Nora responds, "It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done ." Showalter adds that, in contrast, female writers make men live up to their misdeeds.
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