Then comes Antigone, the girl who thinks she has the right to act against the law. This poses a moral dilemma for Creon, as Antigone is his niece, the last of the descendants of Oedipus. However, Antigone makes the decision easier by explicitly taking pride in her actions and slighting his uncle. Her justification is merely that Creon’s law is not the mandate of her God, and that the burial of a family is more imperative than all else (500-523). When confronted by Creon with Polynices’ treacherous crime, she cannot put up any defense.
He does not reveal what his problems are to his wife, showing he no longer wants Lady Macbeth involved. Lady Macbeth then gradually begins to bear the guilt "where our desire is got without content 'tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy". She says in a soliloquy, which Shakespeare uses to portray her deepest thoughts as she is afraid of killing more. Lady Macbeth feels that nothing was gained by killing Duncan because even though she and Macbeth got the crown, it wasn’t worth it because they can never be truly happy about it. She thinks death is better to have than living a life with questions of their future
Mariane loses any hope of marrying her beloved, Valère, and believes “Despair shall be my counsellor and friend, and help me bring my sorrows to an end.” (59). Mariane also gets into an argument with Valère. Other conflicts include Orgon disowning his son, Damis, because Damis tries to expose Tartuffe, and Dorine challenging Orgon. The members of Orgon’s household believe that Orgon is a fool for trusting Tartuffe, as he is driving their family
As an adult, Jane asserts her independence by rejecting unequal marriage. When Jane finds out that the man she was to marry, Mr. Rochester, was already wed, she ran away. Mr. Rochester pleaded passionately for her to stay, revealing his unfortunate history and even threatening to use physical force to restrain Jane. Both tactics failed since, as Jane puts it, her conscience personified strangles her passion for Rochester. Being a mistress to Rochester in addition to being financially and socially inferior to him prompts her to leave him.
In the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the main character, Edna Pontellier, makes the decision to become a completely independent by straying away from the restraints placed onto her by her husband, children and society. In the end of the novel, the audience is left to determine why Edna decides to commit suicide. The predominant reason Chopin reveals throughout the novel is the idea that suicide is a way for Edna to escape the confined life she was living and truly become the free woman she is dreaming of becoming. Since Edna lived during a time during women were oppressed in every way possible, Edna’s search for freedom is limited. According to Mary Bird, women were considered to be a piece of property to their husbands, which is very
They loved each other. Chillingworth was thought to be dead. If Dimmesdale has accepted it, Hester thought of it as a “union” of their love and Hawthorne wants us to believe that they truly loved each other, then why doesn’t it deserve the reader’s sympathy and acceptance. Hawthorne goes as far as to say that “This had been a sin of passion, not of principle, not even purpose (187).” If he along with Hester and Dimmesdale views this adulterous
This shows how Mrs. Mallard realized that she was better off happy and without her marriage by being free. She notices how she wants to have freedom throughout the rest of her life not needing a man. At the end of the story, Mrs. Mallard notices that her husband was coming back, she immediately inverted ly turned it into guilt. It states in paragraph 19,“quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. When the doctors came they said she had died from heart disease-- the joy that kills“.
During that time, women were considered to be only house wives and had no freedom of their own. They were not treated as equal to men and always needed the permission of the man who ‘owned’ them. Ibsen believed that women had the right to develop their own individuality .As Nora is shown as an independent woman who wants to explore the world on her own, led to debates and created a revolution in the society. In this play the writer questions the society regarding the role of a woman. In this play money symbolizes the power one character has over another.
Whilst Curley’s wife expresses this through dialogue once again, “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while. Think I like to stick in that house alla time” (Steinbeck, page 77). The only way the women broke away from their roles was in death. Both women were trapped by the domestic ideal of femininity that made them unable to follow their creative loves of writing and acting, as women were only viewed useful as wives and
Even if marriage fails in giving happiness of any kind to woman, it is preferred because it gives a security and a sense of dignity to woman in society. Kalyani is the only daughter of her parents. She is not allowed to complete her studies because marriage is the main consideration for her mother. She has to accept her uncle as a husband in order to prevent the property from going away in the hands of others. This is the main reason of “the hopelessness that lay within the relationship, that doomed it from the start” (p.143).