In this play, Desdemona is loyal to her trusty companion, Othello. However, Iago has a devilish scheme to paint the image of cheat in Othello’s mind. Iago was disgruntled that he was passed over for a promotion and Cassio, “As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice” (1.1.27) was given a more substantial rank. He wanted Cassio dead and he thought that the way to do this was to have Othello kill him. During this time, when Othello spots Desdemona with Cassio, Othello takes it out on her, thinking that she didn’t really love him.
His constant undermining of her self-image is pure evil camouflaged as loving criticism. His stupidly wicked experimentation on her body cause her definitive death. Georgina was so focused on looking good for her man she let him experiment on her body for
Her initial manipulation attempts are unsuccessful, but Marie continues: “She harassed and bedeviled him so, / that he had no choice but to tell her” (lines 87-88). The use of “harassed and bedeviled” instantly casts his wife’s insistence as suspicious and malicious. Marie confirms the suspicions when the wife schemes with a knight who loved her to get rid of Bisclavret. Even though “she’d never loved [the knight] at all,” the wife offers herself to him in return for stealing Bisclavret’s clothes (line 107). “So Bisclavret was betrayed, / ruined by his own wife” (line 125-126, emphasis added).
In D. H Lawrence's passage “On The Scarlet Letter”, he downgrades Hester because he views her as a disgraceful person . The majority of the passage talks about how bad Hester is for sinning and she seduces men for her happiness. Lawrence uses keywords to make his idea about Hester clearer. He mocks her for her foolish actions. Lawrence uses repetition, mocking tone, and biblical allusion to critique Hester.
Combining intelligent, beautiful and ambitious women with restrictions placed on their personhood have a tendency to become a lethal combination. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth emulates the classic femme fatale character; however, the ambition that resides within her often goes unnoticed because of her gender, resulting in her having to use alternative methods to achieve her goals. Lady Macbeth learns to use her femininity, something others would see as a disadvantage, to her benefit. She masters the art of seduction and uses manipulation as well as deception, and detachment to conceal her truly power hungry nature. However the skills she uses to reach her goals lead to her ultimate demise.
Feminism: The Real Problem in The Great Gatsby Margaret Atwood stated, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” Men think they are superior, if women laugh at them it angers them, but women don’t worry about getting laughed at, they are more worried about doing something wrong and having a man kill them. Feminism in The Great Gatsby is the literary criticism that seems most prominent. Feminism is seen throughout this novel not only through the women who are main characters but some of the less important characters as well. This reoccurring theme is shown through the character Daisy plays, Tom beating Myrtle, and Jordan’s description.
She is explaining how she had once loved a baby, but would kill him in a heartbeat for Macbeth and his potential success as king. Furthermore, this shows both Lady Macbeth's ambition that she's channeling through Macbeth and also her evil. Overall, Lady Macbeth has one goal--gain an abundance of power. To add, she does not let anything get in her way, including her femininity to achieve this goal.. To add, expert sources also agree that Lady Macbeth was willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve masculinity: “Lady Macbeth’s desire for power is matched by a murderous determination to achieve it. She associates ambition with both masculinity and cruelty, and she calls upon evil spirits to take away from her such feminine virtues as mercy and tenderness,
The word coquette is a feminization of the word coquet, which simply means wanton, and is a diminutive of coq, which means cock. To be a coquette is to display a feminized form of masculinity through flirting. Wharton is seen as a flirt who wants to make her own choices and wants those choices to result in her being happy, which is far too masculine for her to do. Being widely called a coquette rather than a flirt demonstrates the underlying reasoning behind the disapproval of those around her. Her masculine actions of making her decisions herself and focusing on herself when she makes those decisions makes her peers uncomfortable, and they twist that discomfort against her to shun her from
Dorothy also talks about wanting to speak her mind, but she’s scared that people would think she’s crazy and depressed. As stated in the article “Dorothy Parker”, “Her sharp wit, which often played off of sexual themes, belied the prevailing stereotype of women as humorless and prudish” (page 1, Dorothy Parker). In “Symptom Recital” she states, “I shudder at the thought of men… I’m due to fall in love again” (19-20). That statement is ironic because she’s saying that even though she hates herself and men, she will fall in love all over
Women have been denied their ability to work honestly and have been forced into many stereotypes, where the only power they have is the power of seduction. Which In Homer’s description of the Sirens’ song, Odysseus reacts with an arrogance, boasting the fact he can withstand the siren’s seduction while his crew follows his lead. His voice is what one would believe to be heroic as he gloats about how he survived his brush of death but this self-congratulating manner irritates Margaret Atwood to write the “Siren’s Song.” Through allusion to classical beliefs, she illuminates her own frustration at being confined to a stereotype of a seductress as portrayed in Homer’s poem, and through repetition, she plays upon the unfounded pride of men like Odysseus. In a passage from the Odyssey, Odysseus is faced with the task of navigating past the Sirens, whom supposedly no man can resist. But Odysseus can, he is able to triumph over the Sirens through his physical strength and superior intellect.