Even though she “could not endure a / husband with a beard on his face” and “[would] rather lie in / [discomfort]” she still abides by the fundamental standards set by the patriarchy(2.1.29-31). A free-thinking, independent women like Beatrice would stand out in Shakespeare’s Elizabethan society. The comedic value of her character is brought on by her argumentative and domineering personality that would classify most other women of the time as an outlier of society.But through Hero’s malleable nature, an audience of any time period, whether it be the late 1500’s, or the early 2000’s, can catch a glimpse and even gain perspective as to the hardships that matriarchs faced with the absurd amount of requirements needed to please men. For the most part, Shakespeare uses Hero and Beatrice to emphasize one another’s differences, however, they both ultimately befall the fate of any women of their era. While love is a factor in their decisions, Shakespeare, in consummation, proves that a “non-traditional” woman will still be forced into the role that their societal norms demand of them.
Next, Lawrence says “Hester Prynne is the great nemesis of women,” (Lawrence). In this statement, Lawrence reveals that his target of mockery was solely Prynne in the previous quote; he does not think all women are on a promiscuous agenda. However, he holds the opinion that Hester Prynne gives a false ideology and leads women to believe that their objective in life is to please men. His diction such as the word “nemesis” further contribute to Lawrence’s negative opinion of Hester
The treatment of women has been a topic all throughout history. Women would be treated as lesser beings compared to men. Back in 430 b.c when Oedipus Rex took place, women were not treated equally by men in power. An example of this is when King Laius died, Jocasta did not become the ruler. She had to wait for someone to marry her to have a new ruler.
Sexism is prejudice based on a person’s likeliness of sex or gender, which makes sexism coincide with gender discrimination. It can affect any gender, but historical facts and experiences have it that woman and girls are most affected by it. In fact, there are several historical facts pointing out that different countries treated their women differently. In line with Tyldesley, women in Ancient Egypt always were put behind the man’s role (husband, fathers); however, the women had property rights and were allowed to attend court (1995). Then again, the written laws drafted in the Ancient Rome indicate that women were prevented from participating in the political process.
LIke Lady Macbeth she felt like she couldn’t do anything herself and needed a manly figure to do her deeds. She was culpable for some of the bad choices Macbeth made because she influenced many of his decisions. People often hid things from Lady Macbeth because they thought she was too delicate to hear anything that wasn’t about rainbows and butterflies, which is very frustrating because society says that all females are fragile and dependent to men. This is very degrading to all the women who want to be more than just a stereotypical
In the article “Hera” the author addresses how Hera was the queen of the gods and goddesses. Hera was married to Zeus and was very irritated when she discovered him being unfaithful with other women multiple times. In addition to being queen of the gods, Hera also ruled marriage and birth (“Hera” paragraphs 1-3). On mount olympus Hera did not get along well with the other gods and goddesses because of all the trouble that she caused. This topic is better explained in the article “Hera, Queen of the Gods” where the trouble hera causes is discussed.
Though women play a central role in the Odyssey the portrayal and characterization of said women is often times sexist and places most of the women in positions of power until Odysseus or one of the male gods comes along and puts a stop to it. All of the women are characterized with few traits, most of which only describe their looks, while the reader is constantly reminded of all of Odysseus good traits. Even Penelope, who is portrayed as the ideal woman, is only ever described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘faithful’. Though this does make sense considering the time period and how during the time women were considered property of men. With all of the different character and how they are written one would expect some variety in the description of women.
Paul Vu Dr. Elizabeth C. Ramírez THTR 475A.03 2 May 2017 Macbeth and Medea: Breaking Expectations Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Medea by Euripides are known for their powerful critiques on the social expectations of women. Women during the time of Elizabethan and Greek theatre were often stereotyped and considered the weaker sex. Men were depicted as strong individuals who supported and protected women. However, both Shakespeare and Euripides broke expectations by portraying strong and iconic female characters in their respective plays. The idea of a strong female character was often unheard of during the time of Elizabethan and Greek Theatre.
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
Hamlet’s disgust with women’s lustful behavior originates from his mother’s choices and sadly gives way to the idea that all women are lustful and cannot control their sexual desires. Gertrude, though similar to Ophelia in some ways, is an extremely complex character. Losing her husband meant losing male affection and love, an aspect the queen longs for. Quite possibly the queen could have been having an affair with Claudius before King Hamlet was killed, however, there is no question as to the motives behind Gertrude’s desperate behavior. Her actions seem to be based from her sole desperation to be loved and therefore she quickly becomes submissive to Claudius as he provides the attention she needs.