Shakespeare uses Hermia’s character to exemplify a woman's expected relationship towards men during that time period. Women were meant to obey the rules of men and never hold positions of power in society. This idea is displayed in the quote “Society restricted women from possessing any political or personal autonomy and power.” (Introduction to early Modern England pg 11). Shakespeare also highlights this expectation in the relationship between Hermia and her father. In fact, when Hermia wants to marry for love, Egeus informs her that she must obey him and marry Demetrius or choose between becoming and nun and being killed.
Telemakhos’ words emphasize the vast gap between how men and women are treated—neither Odysseus’ crew nor Odysseus himself see anything unethical with his adultery, but women cannot possibly lose their chastity. It is this idea of purity, enforced throughout millennia, that limits women to doing only what they are
B. "Tell him nothing of my decisions, if you care for the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman." (Lines 822-823) C. Don’t tell him about my plans, if you care about the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman. D. If you are a real woman you wont tell on another woman that is in trouble. E. This relates to the topic because it shows that the women feel like they need to stand up for each other against men.
During the Anglo-Saxon period, and even in today’s society, females portrayed as peace keepers because they are not supposed to get involved in any of action that starts some kind of feud. Because Grendel’s mother wants vengeance for the death of Grendel, she disturb the status quo of the female sex by starting up a feud. The same similarities are shown in Pascoe’s essay about how females are depicted and how they are supposed to act “However girls did not use this word as part of their regular lexicon. This sort of gendered homophobia that constitutes adolescents masculinity does not constitutes adolescents femininity”. (Pascoe, 577-578)The quote explains how girls at River high barely use the word “fag” because it did not account for femininity.
Keon’s forbidden this” (749). The intensity of Antigone showed the bravery of her heart and her desire to confront the authority and gain justice; however, Ismene did not gain courage or desire to join in as Antigone had hoped. Conversely, Antigone’s determination truly scared her. Perhaps it’s rooted in the fact that women normally did not express strong emotion, nor did they involve themselves in politics as Antigone did through actively opposing King Kreon’s authority. Or simply, Ismene felt belittled by the oppressive assertiveness of her older sister, and in response wanted to have no part in any of her
Antigone broke every rule in the book when it came to the way that women were supposed to behave in society back then. Women back then were either seen as slaves, mothers, or concubines, even Kreon told his son Haimon that, “when you lay yourself under a pleasure female the pleasure goes cold soon…and never never never let ourselves be bested by a woman” (lines 740-745 & 772-77), claiming that women are only good for one thing and even that is not enough to trust a woman. But Antigone was not seen as any of these things she believed in something and even though her sister told her not to do it, Antigone knew what was right and defended her beliefs. When Ismene said, “moreover we’re girls girls cannot force their way against men” (lines 70-72) it was obvious that this was one of the reasons that she did not want to help Antigone, she was raised to believe that women did not have the same strength that men have. Antigone defied all “rules” women were taught back then and made sure that not only would she be looked like as a martyr, but as a woman who was not afraid of any
Due to this incident Creon does not see a right for his burial. Gender roles are important in the play Antigone because it determines where you fit in society. Gender roles also determine if you have a freedom of choice. Antigone does not have freedom because she is a female. The Greeks consider this an honor when a male surpasses a female.
Another example of Huxley’s criticism of state control is through Feminism. This examination will show how the government takes complete control of the women in Brave New World and perceives them as objects. Sexuality in Brave New World is not complicated as it is in our society because in our society we have the need to label everything that seems different, labeling eases people. Citizens in Brave New World are forbidden to love anyone, they cannot become involved in a romantic or permanent relationship, and they must practice promiscuity and not monogamy. Promiscuity is still not accepted in our society but many people do practice it.
She is only focused on completing her goal of murdering King Duncan so her husband can usurp the throne. She realizes that her husband’s personality is rather meek, and that he would not go through with murdering King Duncan because of a quality that he has, his humanity, which she considers his greatest weakness. Deliberating with herself, she thinks of Macbeth and his potential in regard to what could come to pass: “Yet do I fear thy nature, / It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way” (Shakespeare l.v.16-18). By declaring his nature to “too full of the milk of human kindness”, she is stating that he is too feeble as a man to carry out the murder, and is belittling him for not being “masculine” enough to fulfill his ambition of being King. She knows that her husband has great ambition, and believes it to be a negative thing that he tends to carry out his deeds with a sound conscience as to not affect anyone negatively in the process.
This story blocked out feminism, it detailed into a world where women couldn’t compare to men. Janie allowed her grandmother to drive her into a relationship in which her grandmother saw fit. Janie was lost when it came to men, she unknowingly went into the relationship with Logan Killicks. In which Logan was much older than Janie and felt like he deserved respect. Janie resisted the commands he tried to shove at her.
Even after she diminishes the severity of Zeus’s decree, Poseidon defies the parameters set and strengthens certain warriors as an act of vengeance towards the Trojan army. He disregards the decision made by Athena, disregards the words of wisdom imparted upon all of the Gods, and instead takes matters into his own hands. Because he fails to respect the boundaries created to lessen their participation in the war, he strengthens the idea that female Gods are not considered equal to their male counterparts when deciding course of action. Although he supports the same side that Athena and Hera are on, he is symbolic of the male population’s disrespect and impertinence towards the female
This act is symbolized to have the male audience concede the point that women do have undeniable plights that must be addressed with equality. Euripides writing is far more controversial than it needed to be if he just wanted to win the Athenian
By alluding to God, it poses a slight threat on men, saying that it is “self-evident” that these rights should be shared, not restricted to only one gender (para. 2). Stanton and Mott want women to know that because of the destructive and misogynistic nature of the men in government, because of the constant abuse and prejudice that has come from men in general, that if because this behavior is constant and growing in dangerousness, they have the right to “refuse allegiance” to said government (para. 2). It is unjust and discriminatory against women to deny the rights that should be fairly given to them since they are part of the government.
Penelope in the Odyssey assumes a position of power while Odysseus is away from Ithaca fighting in the Trojan War. She defies the typical role of women by being in control. She is also extremely intelligent, and stands as a sign of hope for other women moving forward. Furthermore, Penelope stays loyal to Odysseus for the whole twenty years he is gone, while her husband has a passionate affair with Calypso (CITE). This detail again strengthens the idea that regarding women, men had little values regarding their treatment and they did not hold marriage in such a sanctity that it is now held.
When a woman tries to speak out, assume leadership or have her own idea, she is dismissed as having "a man 's heart in a woman 's body..." (pg. 5). Or even when greeting her husband, she is laid-off: "Your eulogies are like my absence, too long, too much..." The Greeks are unable to get over these views – "…a woman who fears nothing – is she a woman…" (pg. 47) and cannot believe that a woman would be capable of being a good leader, or even give a speech. Being called a woman was an insult for a man as he was assigned these qualities: "Aegysthus you are a woman..." "While the King fought…" you "…polluted his wife..." and "…when he came back you made yourself scarce."