This theme is present in Othello by William Shakespeare, in which the women of the play are either insignificant or are killed and the men are greedy for power and become corrupt. First, the female characters are each a representation of a stereotypical woman and their roles in a male society. Next, the lives of the women in the play show how the oppressive nature of male society only succeeds through harming women while men reap the rewards. Finally, male society does not only hurt women, as the idea
In this part of the play Othello now believes that Desdemona really is cheating on him with Cassio. My interpretation of the play I felt like women weren’t taken serious and known as people don’t tell the truth. Othello described Desdemona as a whore for “cheating” on him. In today’s society there’s not much of a difference. Even though it is ridiculous women are still called whores if either they saw or heard of them sleeping with a man that wasn’t her boyfriend or husband.
The confinements of gender roles do not allow people to reach their full potential due to the lack of choice and self-identity that comes with a set of rules set and encouraged by societal standards. This idea is present in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale with the idea that from the lack of choice comes acts of rebellion against the government in protest of the roles that may not be wanted by all. Forced gender roles also cause the Gilead citizens to remain poised and proper in their roles out of fear, which in turn contributes to both genders being degraded by one another in order to protect themselves from being punished. Due to this, society would be destined to become heteronormative and leave no room for any variation among citizens. The importance placed on both genders fulfilling very limited and strict roles in The Handmaid’s Tale creates a miserable society with unfortunate consequences.
She started with the oppression; women were facing at that time and concluded the subject that lack of education in women is the one major reason behind their subjugation. After her successful campaign of brining change in the department of education and marriage, many feminists looked at the components which are attributing to the oppression of women. Writer such as Simon de Beauvoir explored the fact about a woman body which was considered as an object from years and was dealt as property. She propagated the idea that the women are only sex object for men and have no place in man’s world. She raised the question on the subjectivity of man and illustrated the position of “women as other” (1).
Then comes Antigone, the girl who thinks she has the right to act against the law. This poses a moral dilemma for Creon, as Antigone is his niece, the last of the descendants of Oedipus. However, Antigone makes the decision easier by explicitly taking pride in her actions and slighting his uncle. Her justification is merely that Creon’s law is not the mandate of her God, and that the burial of a family is more imperative than all else (500-523). When confronted by Creon with Polynices’ treacherous crime, she cannot put up any defense.
Rebecca Nurs refuses to abandon her moral code, even when facing death. this becomes evident when she says "why,it is a lie, how may I damn myself,I cannot, I cannot. Even though Nurse had the oppurtunity to falsely confess and survive, she decided to retain her integrity despite paying the ultimate sacrifice. The textual feature of Nurse,s dialogue emphasises her goodness and reason. For example,in act 4, she says "let you hear nothing, another judgement awaits us all as she and John Proctor are led to the gallows.
In the act of progression of “The Author of Her Book”, readers ascertain that Anne did not want her poems to land in “criticks hands”(20). To avoid the constant atrocious critique of media, Anne strongly affirms that her poems were just intended for family. She pictured them as mediocre and unsatisfactory stating that poems were poor and would never meet audience’s expectations. Humans naturally want to avoid criticism and other’s gross examination. To speak my truth, nobody likes to be criticized about something that took loads of hard work to achieve.
When Creon tries to understand why his niece did this, he also asks her if she had any clue on the law that was put forth by him about Polyneices. She answered confident and assured of herself that she had fully acknowledged the law but in the end it did not matter. Creon is furious when she confesses she disobeyed the law, the townspeople and the elders are in “agreement” with Creon that it is disrespectful. Antigone knows the trouble she is in but did not back down. She took it so far as to say to Creon that the townspeople all knew she did a brave and courageous deed.
Sexism makes people believe that women can only do certain things because of the roles and stereotypes being thrown at them. It is not fair for women to deal with what men only think they are “capable” of. Also, Oswald analyzed that when women experienced hostile sexism from friends and family members they began to
Using this, she expresses her affection for her family. This was the time Antigone entered into conflict between Creon’s law and the law of gods. Her strong contemplation of her brother’s spirit is also demonstrated; not even receiving a punishment such as an early death would stop her. Antigone says “And if I have to die for this pure crime, / I am content, for I shall rest beside him; / His love will answer mine” This reveals one of Antigone’s tragic flaw, as it conveys her persistence and refusal to obey Creon’s law which tends to put the people around her in danger. Here, she is unsuccessful in considering all the outlooks of this situation.