If women wanted to do anything other than care for the household, they would be looked down upon and titled as an unfit mother or wife. The Canterbury Tales displayed women as an ideology that women could not hold power and that beauty could be obtained by altering their appearance for women to become attributes for men. In this society, Chaucer is sympathetic to women while also realizing that men own women. The Wife of Bath went through five husbands, each giving her just what she wanted. All of her marriages taught her something different, either you get love or your give love.
However, Hotspur’s violent, power-hungry, and domineering nature imply he is after the throne to gain more honor and boost his ego. These flawed characteristics are apparent in the way he treats his wife, “Away! Away, you trifler. Love, I love thee not. I care not for thee, Kate.” (Henry 2.3.82-84) This shows how Hotspur is obsessed with the idea of power and control and will go off on his innocent, neglected wife who only wants love from her husband.
The male characters in this play often feel uncomfortable when their female counterparts break gendered stereotypes. This is the same feeling that drove Theseus to war with the Amazons. An equally important woman is Hermia: Theseus and her father have in mind Demetrius for Hermia’s groom, yet she still refuses even after a small threat from Theseus, “Be advised, fair maid. To you, your father should be as a god” (1.1.47-48). Here in patriarchal Athens, fathers are the head households and hold influence over near-all decisions.
The saying goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman,” and, in some medieval romances, that great woman is scheming for her own benefit (and either for or contrary to that of the man’s). Feminine honor is tied to being a good wife, which means being sexually faithful to and obeying. In Bisclavret by Marie de France, Bisclavret’s wife betrays him both by taking away his humanity and by taking a lover, and for that, she is disfigured as her punishment. The inverse occurs in The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle: Ragnelle, disfigured by her stepmother, manipulates both Arthur and Gawain to secure her marriage with Gawain, and she is rewarded with beauty. These women are ultimately judged not by their manipulative actions but how
Abigail also tries to get John to acknowledge that he, at least, used to lust for her by calling him out on, “sweating like a stallion whenever I come near,”. The second sin that Abigail commits is Envy. Envy is defined as the desire to have an item/experience that someone else possesses. In Abigail’s case, she envies Elizabeth for being John’s wife. “It is her dearest hope, John, I know it.
Connection to society/reason to care: Penelope is a great person for society to care about. She is a loyal person, and she also remained loyal to the person she loved most. Society should follow in her footsteps because she never cheated on her husband even though they have been apart for so long. And that is a great example for other people because they should always be loyal to the person they love no matter how much they see each other, or how much bad stuff they have been through. WEB CITING: “Faithful.” Dictionary.com, 2017,
More specifically the honor she is giving to her family. Antigone is a hero who lives by her honor, morals, and bravery. Antigone has strong morals, she knows what is right and wrong and is not afraid to act upon it. Some people would say that Antigone was reckless. While it may have been a little reckless it was the right decision.
He accepts the ignorance of total equality that is forced on him, but is contrastingly different from the image of a part of a communal whole. He searches for development of individual morality, but is struck dry by the restrictive society, by which he is forced to be, think, and live like everyone else, average and accepting. However, throughout, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, Equality’s view of morality
The beauty of marriage is the lovely relationship, communion, and balance that equals strive for full humanity of women and men. However, this ideal visualization of marriage started to loose value and it was converted into a division or inequality between women and men. Love started to be a constant and endless research, and stereotype started to weaken women and give power to men. These were common characteristics of the late 19th and 20th century. This being the situation, Zora Neale Hurston, an American novelist, wrote in 1937 her masterwork entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God.
While Nick emphasizes the importance of hard work, he also values integrity to achieve his goals. In The Great Gatsby, Nick describes himself as “one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (Gatsby 59). Compulsive liars desire to get ahead of people through their manipulative words, but Nick understands the moral perspective and sees that the only way to flourish as a person is to remain sincere.