Otherwise, Gertrude is always a good wife who unthinkably obeys her husband: “I shall obey you” (Act 3, sc 1). Until she realizes that Claudius is a killer, everything is too late once she drinks the poison. In conclusion, both Ophelia and Gertrude have followed what the society tells them to do and the consequence is obviously the death. Shakespeare creates two female characters to explain the weakness of women who are subservient on the role of men. They have no choice in their lives and always keep the image of the guy they love in the heart till the brink of
Abigail and Elizabeth as Foils In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the two main female characters are foils. They are opposites in the way they love, lie, and live. Elizabeth Proctor is married to John Proctor and Abbigail Williams had an affair with John Proctor. They both love John and are attracted to him but in very different ways. Elizabeth lives with him, cooks for him, cleans for him, takes care of him and carries his baby for him, ect.
Second, she considers sexual organs to satisfy both practical and pleasurable uses in life. The Wife then declares that virginity should be left to the perfect; the sinners should be able to use their gifts. The Wife of Bath takes great pleasure in controlling the men in her life through her sexual power. Her first three husbands were rich, old, and submissive. Her fourth husband was a bad husband and died soon after they were married.
Within this line, their joint subservience and loyalty to men is revealed. This obedience is a trait that both women adhere to, albeit at different times, and one that indirectly leads to their deaths. For Desdemona, who receives the final brutality of her husband with grace, this means constant and genuine devotion. This is evidenced by her final words that serve to evade Othello of taking responsibility for her death, claiming “I myself” as the one who committed “this deed” (5.2.151-152). Although Emilia eventually does stand up to her husband, she is obedient in a very plot-advancing way when she obtains and loyally passes along the symbolic handkerchief, token of Othello and Desdemona’s love, to the cunning and evil Iago.
She also pays no attention to gender roles in their Victorian society. Jane admits, “I care for myself...I will respect myself.”. (Waxman, 256) Although Jane might come off as rebellious, she continuously proves herself to be a strong and independent woman, who has impacted so many more women
She is a product of her circumstances throughout the course of The Handmaid’s Tale and remains passive in the face of oppression - in that sense, she is complicit in the perpetuation of all that Gilead represents. Offred provides an admission of guilt: "We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it" (66). All those who choose to “ignore” the cold hand of oppression and presume complacency are just as guilty of the result of that ignorance. But beyond base ignorance and submission to authority, Offred remains compliant even when outside of the line of direct danger – a display of her submission to the systemic oppression of Gilead.
We see her devotion to Macduff when asked by the murders where he is she replies; “I hope, in place so unsanctified, Where such as thou may’st find him.” Lastly, in contrast to how Lady Macbeth faced her death, Lady Macduff had a clear conscience and thought only of her family's safety, even as she was being pursued by Macbeth's henchmen. The difference between the life stories of the Scottish lords Macduff and Macbeth was largely due to their wives' influence. Overall, Lady Macduff was a much better influence on her husband than Lady Macbeth was. Their goodness or lack thereof affected not only their own lives but also those of every other Scotsmen from that time
As Lord Byron, a British leader of the Romantic Movement, once stated, “There is no instinct like that of the heart.” Two women who would have taken Byron’s words to heart were Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Anne Bradstreet, both of whom professed great love for their husbands in their respective poems How Do I Love Thee? and To My Dear and Loving Husband. Although Anne Bradstreet illustrated her love to her husband with her pathological comparison of her love to material items, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love for her husband possessed greater enormity since she overcame the strict rules of her father, utilized powerful spiritual themes, and applied effective literary devices. Since Browning was forced to overcome the strict rules of her
Zenobia turns against this not only vocally, but also physically: on more than one occasion, Priscilla is separated from the “pack” and Zenobia clings to Hollingsworth’s side. Priscilla doesn’t complain about this, though it’s obvious this upsets her because she cares deeply for Hollingsworth as well. Her silence is stark contrast to Zenobia’s outspoken personality. Zenobia makes a valiant attempt to be the perfect woman though; she allows Westervelt near Priscilla, and is unkind to her
Since then she been taking advantage of people like Proctor. “You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity” (Abigail 22; Act 1). Abigail tried to make John feel guilty when he trying to do the right thing and fix his marriage. Miller description of women shows multiple problems.