The women in Othello and Chaucer's Wife of Bath differ, but in the end both want their husbands to love them. In Othello there are only three women displayed in the story, but the statements that were said about these three women were the belief that all women in that society were all the same- evil, whores who were temptress to the men. The three women; Desdemona, the wife of Othello, Emilia, the wife of Iago, and Bianca, perceived as a prostitute who is a “customer” (l. 138. 4.1) of Cassio. Iago is one of the main characters who degrades and slanders all women including his wife Emilia.
Women now are much more intelligent, powerful, and of course beautiful. Compared to the 18th century where women were described as more like servants towards the husband, they could not say anything or do as they please just like in the story; even in marriage. In this time, women were below men, and this is because men have been given this power of supremacy over their wives once they became husband and wife. After reading this story for the first time, it was very clear right way that during that time women was portrayed as a prisoner to their husbands. However, this should be common knowledge that marriages in all different forms are not always about mutual feelings.
The meaning of a shrew is a bad and aggressive woman who’s not very ladylike. So the meaning of this play is to tame or gain control of a woman which shows the way women were viewed in this time period. The Taming ofthe Shrew was written by William Shakespeare was written in 1590-1592, and in this time period women were viewed as men’s lower part, and almost as property to men. In Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, men give women a stereotype of how all wives should be Shakespeare uses character development to show the gender gap between men and women. In Taming ofthe Shrew the play starts off by introducing two sisters Bianca, and Katherine.
Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women. Not only were they expected to reside in the home but women were also tied down through marriage with the expectation of blindly following their husband without challenging their authority. Kate Chopin’s short story, “Story of an Hour”, uncovers the chilling truth of how women were perceived to have longed and enjoyed marriage during the 18th and 19th century when in actuality many felt confined, trapped and imprisoned due to what society and men wanted them to do. The story reveals that the impending pressures of having to become a good wife and mother along with patriarchal societal oppression oftentimes pressures a woman into experiencing a psychological breakdown that can result in fatal consequences. Chopin begins the story with the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, being told
The poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was written in a period when women were seen as obedient products. They represented the house image, the inner world, having no rights. Women were supposed to be pure, virgin and reserved. When they got married, women had to give up their money and rights to their husbands. It was not enough that women stopped having any rights or money, but they also become the property of their spouse, in other words, a husband took the decision about his wife’s life and body.
As we move through the passage, we see Adriana shift her emotions of depression away from her husband and towards her naïve sister. Adriana becomes so enraged with her sister’s comments, that she refers to Luciana’s mentality as “servant like” (2.1.26). Since servants were treated as the lowest members of society, it is clear that Adriana feels as though Luciana is making a fool out of herself. Shakespeare portrays Luciana in a manner that would suggest that she is an expert on marriage, which is contradictory in itself as Luciana is not yet married. Her tone, while initially understanding and compassionate, quickly turns into one of arrogance and righteousness.
The role of women in society has become a question of interest for writers for some centuries, since these have traditionally been depicted as mere objects of pleasure, that also were responsible for the household chores, as well as nurturing and taking care of the children. Furthermore, the way women were represented was completely opposite to men, as if gender determined one’s personality, intellect or skills. Women were seen as the weak ones, too emotional, incapable of reasoning and dependent on the males of their family (and afterwards, their husbands). On their behalf, men were the rational and intelligent part of the relationship, strong and the leaders. This opposition is clearly represented in the stories “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros and “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, two authors that focus on the female character and approach the topic exposed before.
The role of women in ancient greek society is evident through their myths. Women are expected to sit still and behave for men and if they didn 't they were considered a terrible person, or, they would do nothing and still get punished for doing what the men of the house wanted them to, woman as the stories were told sound like objects and they are people they need to be treated like everyone else, not like things that you can push around and do whatever men want. To begin with i will explain one of the many love stories this is one of my favorites to see how the greeks visioned woman. Pygmalion and galatea, this sculpture named pygmalion, hated all women (actually, he couldn 't find one that he could love) so one day ironically, he sculpted a beautiful woman named galatea, he fell absolutely, head over heals, in love with her. Now every time he went out he would get galatea jewelry and clothes, food, he went crazy over this sculpture he had made.
Murasaki created a female character strong enough to reject Genji but still delicate to fit the Heian female description. The powerful depiction of women in Tale of Genji mirrored the persona of Murasaki herself. Murasaki did many things not common during the Heian period. Instead of marrying upon reaching puberty, she stayed with her father until she was ready to get married. She also hated men in general due to their consistent drunkenness and somberness.
Nana is the mother of Mariam and the mistress of Jalil, a wealthy upper-class Afghani man. Nana was portrayed as the elder woman, who is unsatisfied with her life and resents men for their treatment of women. Through Nana’s banishment from Jalil’s house by Jalil’s wives after she was impregnated by him, Hosseini demonstrated that it was socially and culturally acceptable for men to have several wives but the blame will be put upon the woman if she was to have an affair. Jalil defends himself by accusing Nana of forcing it on him, which led to Nana stating that “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman” (Hosseini 7). This statement is of significance because later on in the novel, various situations that is relatable to this statement occur.
For example, characters like Alphanso or Mr. _____ tend to follow the stereotypical male gender roles of being dominant, not doing house work and they are expected to beat their wives. Celie followed the gender roles of being submissive, taking care of children and doing all of the house work. However, it could be argued however that she never knew any different so she never thought to question it. With that being said, there are some characters in the book who reject the traditional gender roles and tend to take on what is normally expected of the other gender. For instance, Sofia is considered to be a strong and outspoken women, which today is normal, however at the time of which The Color Purple is set it was quite rare for a women to be considered stronger or more powerful than their male counterparts.