What's the setting like?
It's a Fantasy Counterpart Culture
with magic, empires, and warriors, yet is also closely linked to Earth, ergo, people can travel back and forth between the two, but Earth is oblivious to the other world's existence.
Well, treating her like she's very fragile. Offering to carry bags for her, open jars, insist that she not do anything even the least bit strenuous.
Ohohoho. He already does that to a degree, even though she's way more capable than he is. She's a proficient spellcaster in a world where people can fling around lots of magic, but Akura cannot use magic very well at all. I also have Lien down as a foreign diplomat who sometimes has to visit lands that may react to her with hostility, and, of course, Akura does not like her doing that.
I think you want to think about your character's background. Why are they chauvinistic? Were they taught it by their parents? Grown up in a No Womans Land? Is it a backlash against gender chauvinism the other way around that he's experienced? A product of peer pressure? A cover for insecurities? Or simply a philosophical worldview that he mistakenly believes in?
Akura was around during the Heian period (yes, I know that was a thousand years ago. He's long-lived, but weak.) of Classical Japanese history. As we've found so far with them, the ideal Japanese wife is demure, polite
, and fragile
in a way that demands that the husband be there to protect her
. Times have changed, of course.
Then, you want to define just what his views are. Is he consciously aware of his chauvinism, or does he view himself as believing in equality, and is only subconsciously sexist?
Overall, his goal is to make sure that she is safe and happy with him at all times. I guess he doesn't actually realize that he's sexist.
I have also thought about making him constantly speak for her, which probably unintentionally has the effect of undermining her. Yet, despite all this, they do love each other.
edited 25th Mar '11 8:00:53 PM by CrystalGlacia
We've got a solve for that.