The male characters in this play often feel uncomfortable when their female counterparts break gendered stereotypes. This is the same feeling that drove Theseus to war with the Amazons. An equally important woman is Hermia: Theseus and her father have in mind Demetrius for Hermia’s groom, yet she still refuses even after a small threat from Theseus, “Be advised, fair maid. To you, your father should be as a god” (1.1.47-48). Here in patriarchal Athens, fathers are the head households and hold influence over near-all decisions.
Secondly, the literary creations differ because one set of characters is able to be married and the other is not. “Pyramus and Thisbe” states, “And ye, unhappy parents of us both, deny us not our united request.” This quote shows that Pyramus and Thisbe were not allowed, under any circumstance, to be married. However, A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers, “For in the temples, by and by, with us, these couples shall be eternally knit.” This quote shows that each couple will be permitted to be married. Thirdly, the stories differ in the fate of the characters. “Pyramus and Thisbe” states, “I will follow thee in death, for I have been the cause.” This quote shows that both lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe, commit suicide so that they can be together in the afterlife.
Hermia is one of many important lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and is the center of a “love square” between herself, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena. Hermia is selfish and will sacrifice her family, morals, and reputation in her seemingly all-consuming love for Lysander. Her extreme loyalty to her lover is displayed when they run away to the magic forest to be married, and although they do in the end, Hermia sacrifices much of her emotional health in her submissive following of Lysander. Hermia’s devotion and trust of Lysander is displayed when her point of view differs from the reader. This is because the reader knows that Lysander has left Hermia for Helena, but Hermia still believes he loves her.
Throughout Macbeth, three characters seem to have control of Macbeth’s action and his life. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and the We’ird Sisters all have some type of control over the actions of Macbeth. The wife of the play 's tragic hero, Lady Macbeth, pressures her husband into committing regicide so that she can then become queen of Scotland. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth constantly diminishes her husband 's manhood forcing him to feel less of a man. Unhae Langis, once wrote that, “Lady Macbeth evokes shame in him [Macbeth] to get him back into the contest.” By constantly shaming her husband, Lady Macbeth holds a great amount of control on the way he sees himself.
Extracurricular Reading II Much Ado About Nothing analyzes how traditional gender roles shape behavior and actions in society. Many of the characters in the play, such as Benedick and Beatrice, actively attempt to defy the expectations placed upon them by virtue of their sex, while others nearly perfectly match the stereotypes- Hero and Claudio being prime examples. Benedick and Beatrice represent defiance of the norm- Beatrice repeatedly claims that she will avoid marriage at all costs, and Benedick doesn’t seem any more likely to place himself in a position to be cuckolded. The two of them engage in several bouts of cleverly written banter, each blow professing the gospel of celibacy. In this, if nothing else, they are in agreement- Benedick
As the story unfolds, it is evident that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are in an abusive relationship. Lady Macbeth seems to be the one that has the top say and final decision in the relationship. Macbeth, however, seems to coward under Lady Macbeth in most situations. He seems to be a lot more sympathetic that his wife, especially when he decided no to go through with killing the king. Lady Macbeth would definitely like the idea of her being queen, which is why she is so upset when Macbeth decides not to go through with killing the king.
Rising action occurs when Lysander and Hermia wanted to be married, but Hermia 's father forced her to marry Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia decided to escape together.Helena heard that they were escaping and decided to talk
I give him curses, yet he gives me love... The more I hate, the more follows me... His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine"(1.1.193-200). Indeed, it takes time and courage to express ones own feelings in front of others. Plus, it is even harder to express the feelings about someone that his/her best friend loves, while they do not. As in this play, even Demetrius is Helena's beloved, Hermia still expresses all her feeling to Helena,
Pecola finds herself drawn to the prostitutes because they do not accept the ugliness forced upon them and instead find themselves worthy of love and beauty. While the prostitutes may look like Pecola, they do not think like her. Pecola’s family “wore their ugliness, put it on, so to speak, although it did not belong to them” (38). Her whole family falls victim to the mask of ugliness placed upon them by their economic status and race. Her parents accept their ugliness and teach it to Pecola, who accepts her ugliness without question.
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a power hungry and vindictive women, whose character is against the stereotypes of a Jacobean woman. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a deceptive woman, who uses the fact that she is a woman as a weapon. ‘Why, worthy thane, you do unbend your noble strength to think.’ Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth. She begins by praising him, ‘worthy’, however ends the speech with orders and telling Macbeth that he did things wrong, she also insults him ‘infirm of purpose’. Macbeth would be proud of himself because Lady Macbeth is his wife and her opinion means a lot to him.