These completely opposite women serve as foils for each other since the differences between them help highlight their individual persona. John Proctor represents the connection between these two women. Thus, he is Elizabeth’s husband but has an affair with Abigail. This fact immediately opens the reader’s eyes towards how one’s flaws or mistakes can reveal other person’s qualities and virtues. Both,
She does not seem to care about other people beside herself and Proctor. She tried desperately to win back Proctor by forcing him to admit that he still has feelings for her. Abigail makes constant choices that change her destiny, all chances she get, she chooses to lie instead of telling the truth. In the beginning of the play, Abigail William tries to kill Elizabeth Proctor with curse. This is how Arthur Miller reveals Abigail William’s character before she talks her line.
Even Mr. Hale was concerned about Minnie. The play, however, does not share the same emotions of how Mr. Hale's words could effect Minnie. The story has a greater influence than the play, invoking certain feelings about justice for abused women. The lack of details in the play "Trifles" is really an injustice to how the readers should feel about Minnie. The complex details that are lacking in the play are displayed freely in the short story "A Jury of Her Peers."
In her attempt to convince her husband to take this prophecy into his own hands, she persuades that “[his] nature [is] too full [of] the milk of human kindness”, insinuating his character (Shakespeare 1.4.14–16). The prophecy given by the witches have taken Lady Macbeth by this point, sparking her need for more power, her ruthlessness in getting to where she wills to be. Since she is a woman, it is not expected of her to be in this much power over the man in her life. She is willed to be the inferior one, especially during this time period in Scotland, so this strive for power that she feels is atypical for the women of her time. In this way, she even announces that she will give up the characteristics of her being a woman, insisting any deity “come to [her] breast, [taking her] milk for gall”, calling for spirits to make her into the
Sofia's swollen, beaten face is described as an 'eggplant’(as often cited in the novel). Mr. ________ beats her to exercise his pent-up frustrations (since he could neither marry Shug Avery nor Nettie), and his son, Harpo beats his wife so that she should mind. But Sofia has the real angst “to kill”—to kill her husband’s subjugation, to kill her pathetic emotions, to kill the racial prejudices and to kill the socio-cultural injustice. Whether she succeeds or not is not the concern of the text, but how she confronts the violence behind the closed doors of her house and in the open road of Georgia is the plot of resistance. Her physical strength symbolizes the new forms of revolt against the so called man’s right to beat his wife.
Once her father hears these accusations, he commands to “let her die” as a result of the crimes she committed (IV.i.163). These incidents in the play illustrate Hero’s sacrifice of her angelic and pure character. Hero does little to convince others of her innocence. Moreover, clinging to the traditional views of women, men are unlikely to listen to what women have to say. Shakespeare portrays women 's ranking in relation to men by illustrating Hero’s great sacrifice, and how her closest mentors refuse to help support her.
Lady Macbeth contributes towards Macbeth 's downfall as she is seen to be alluring, particularly in encouraging Macbeth to kill the King. She too is sure that murder is the only solution to make the prophecy come true, but she also believes that he is "too full o ' the milk of human kindness". Lady Macbeth uses the metaphor of "milk" (being a pure drink) to show that Macbeth will "catch the nearest way" to become the King of Scotland. Macbeth does not lack ambition,however he is squeamish about the methods used to become the leader. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth decides to cancel the plan of murdering king Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses several techniques to in order to convince him to carry out the plan.
She requests that "direst brutality" debase her. She assembles everything that is detestable inside her body to perform the underhanded deed of killing Duncan. In the event that Lady Macbeth is truant from the story, the murder of Duncan would not occur. The fact that amid numerous parts of the story, Macbeth has vulnerability of whether it is noble to take the life of such an extraordinary ruler with a specific goal to nourish his strive after force. Regardless of Macbeth questioning regardless of whether he ought to acknowledge the murder of Duncan, he is constantly persuaded by his wife that killing Duncan is fitting.
When she says, “unsex me here”, she wants her femininity to be taken away because she thinks that men are more courageous, and she needs bravery to kill Duncan. The language used suggests that her womanhood impedes her from performing acts of violence and cruelty, which she associates with masculinity. Since she represents the “breasts” and “milk” as symbols of woman and nurture. As the play go on, the relationship between masculinity and violence will be shown by Macbeth. In addition, he is not capable of committing murder, but his wife is the one who encourages him to do it, saying that “he needs to be a man”.
The message of the story is quite unexpected, but of an extreme importance for an age just trying to erupt from the patriarchal society. This time a female writer depicts not a “mad woman in the attic” as Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre or Charlotte Perkins Gilman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” did, but gives an exhibition of the cause why women were constantly going insane. If both Jane Eyre and “The Yellow Wallpaper” detect the justification of madness in the lack of communication or the absence of a male, Kate Chopin proves that the problem indeed is in the presence of a man. Emily Toth wrote a paper on Divine Love and Suicide as a theme used in Chopin’s writings, saying that a front page of the Mirror was dedicated to the subject of “Wives and Husbands” and Kate’s editor-friend William Marion Reedy wrote that “Woman’s latest discovery is that husband is a drag” and “Woman has evolved from a doll into a human being” (117). The exact belief Chopin tries to convey in “The Story of an Hour”, as Mrs. Mallard keep saying “Free, free, free”, “Free!