She clearly despises men’s superior role to women in society and tries to tackle this problem by stating her opinion and acting on her beliefs (being a solid believer in sisterhood and putting it over her relationships with men). Shazzer’s character in the novel does not completely fulfill the role of a feminist cliché but she definitely has some characteristics that match up with stereotypical definitions of radical feminists. These character features might prove to be problematic for the novel’s recipients as it is not an obvious ironic presentation of the media’s image of feminist activists and could be understood as criticism on feminism: Readers who believe these feminist images could feel vindicated in their
Hermia neglects the notion that women should obey the men in their lives because she refuses to follow the wishes of her father, Egeus. As mentioned previously Egeus wishes for Hermia to marry Demetrius, but seeing as Hermia does not love him, she refuses to marry him. Ironically, Shakespeare also uses Hermia’s character to display the ways in
Chief’s mother does not follow gender roles by not taking the name of her husband and belittling him, Vera Harding is able to manipulate her husband by not following the gender role of loyalty to one person, and Nurse Ratched is completely work focused and emasculates the men. These women in the novel felt like the only way for them to gain power was through the breaking of gender
She continues with the plan because she believes that her love for her family overrules the law. Ismene is more timid and obedient than Antigone. When Antigone was attempting to convince Ismene to help her bury their brother, she refused by saying it is too dangerous and that she doesn’t want to suffer the consequences. Ismene speaks her feelings to her sister, “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength to break the laws that were made for the public good” (Sophocles). This informs the reader that she doesn’t like to take risks and do ambitious things.
Ismene’s compulsion to adhere to Creon’s command illustrates that she truly had “no choice” and was “forced” partially by her belief that women were “not born to contend with men”. Sophocles’ illustration of the depletion of free will within Ismene’s character is heightened through the deliberate juxtaposition to Antigone during their conversation. Antigone, in her appeal to family tradition and value, believes that Creon “has no right to keep [her] from [her] own”. This presents a strong incongruity to Ismene who attempts to dissuade Antigone from her purpose as she is obliged to “obey the ones who stand in power”. Upon further consideration of Ismene’s quotation, “…I have no choice…” we recognize Sophocles’ motive to establish her character as one that is more likely to plead for mercy than fight for justice.
Victims. Time and time again women have been victims of misogyny, commodification, and social obligation. Women are forced to squeeze into an idealistic mold and confrom to society’s standards. They have been stripped of their right to have a say in what is being done to them, and are sold off as property to their husbands who treat them as inferior. These husbands seem to have no regard for the opinion of their wives; as if being male brings superiority.
In book 1 Agamemnon and Achilles are having a conversation about Agamemnon’s wife and how he’d be okay with giving her up as long he got another “prize” even though he says, “…she is no inferior in beauty, in looks, or in character, or in her skills in hand work.” (1, 114-116). Agamemnon doesn’t see his wife as his soulmate but just an object he’s willing to give up because of an argument with Achilles. “Nonetheless I am willing to let her go if that is what’s best.” (1, 117-119).
Despite Emilia’s thoughts about her husband Iago, she is an obedient wife to him. Readers can imply that Iago does not see his wife or any woman as a person in society by the way he constantly mocks and disrespects his wife, never seems to offer his wife any affection, and he always talks about women in a negative way in general. Nevertheless, Emilia still wants to please her husband. Emilia says, “What he will do with [Desdemona’s handkerchief.] Heaven knows, not I. I nothing
On one hand, Lady Macduff is mostly upset with her husband for leaving because she feels he does not love her. She goes on to say how all she wants to do is be a good wife and do all that is expected of her as a woman, but it still gets her nothing. To leave his wife, to leave his babes,/ His mansion and his titles in a place/ From whence himself does fly? He loves us not;/ He wants the natural touch… All is the fear and nothing is the love,/ As little is the wisdom, where the flight/ So runs against all reason” (act 4 scene 2 page 1).
The Women’s Movement excluded women of color as well as queer women of color because the Anglo Women’s Movement focused on at least three positions: some wanted access to whatever men had access to, others felt that men had all the power and were responsible for women oppression, and others felt that women oppression was one of many in society that had to be corrected (NietoGomez 54). The Anglo Women’s Movement felt that they needed equal opportunities as men, while the Chicana Feminist Movement focused on racism, sexism, and classism. The Chicana Feminist Movement recognized that men did not have all the power because the Chicano men had no power, they made up for that lack of power through “male privilege” (NietoGomez 55). Due to so much oppression and machismo the Chicana Feminist Movement came to existence. The fact that there were two Women’s Movements hurt the strength of each movement because it was easier to divide and conquer; although it did hurt the movements strength,