Shakespeare's Othello is set during the Renaissance period and therefore the roles of the women in Othello are supposedly bounded by the period when women are considered to be of low intellect. In Othello, most male characters assume that women are inherently promiscuous, which explains why all three women characters in the play are accused of sexual infidelity. Yet Shakespeare develops the women to speak the most sense throughout the play and able to trust other characters in the play. To the men in Othello, female sexuality is a threatening force more than it is an attractive one. Shakespeare cheapens Othello by lowering his standard with impertinent language.
Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage. “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge, it could not move thus” (Shakespeare IV, v, 145). In this quote, Laertes claims that even if Ophelia was sane, she could not persuade him any better than she is now to take revenge for them. He probably feels this way because he is angry that Ophelia has become like this, and blames it all on Hamlet. This could be a sign that he is becoming mad, since he is blaming everything on Hamlet without thinking anything through.
Shakespeare too views women as ignorable individuals whose fate is defined by men and who are incapable of acting independently. This is portrayed by the interactions between male and female characters and the role of women in the plays of Shakespeare. Although in some cases Shakespeare did depict independent and ambitious women in his plays, he is
Due to the death of his close friend, Romeo grew enraged and decided to “be a man” and get revenge on Tybalt. “O sweet Juliet, / Thy beauty hath made me effeminate / And in my temper soft’ned valor’s steel!” (3.1.115-117). In this quote, Romeo is expressing how Juliet’s beauty weakened him. He feels almost a hatred towards her for making him cowardly and not able to save Mercutio’s life. Since being strong is an expected characteristic of men, Romeo feels that the absence of his bravery is to blame for the tragedy.
The relationship is unstable because of their lack of trust and Macbeth’s power over Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth “Thou wouldst be great/ Art not without ambition.” Lady Macbeth basically was saying that if Macbeth doesn’t take control she will. Wuthering Heights also show a lot of unbalanceness in the relationships. It also shows some examples of women wanting sovereignty over men. How does the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth represent a woman wants sovereignty over a man?
The meaning of a shrew is a bad and aggressive woman who’s not very ladylike. So the meaning of this play is to tame or gain control of a woman which shows the way women were viewed in this time period. The Taming ofthe Shrew was written by William Shakespeare was written in 1590-1592, and in this time period women were viewed as men’s lower part, and almost as property to men. In Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, men give women a stereotype of how all wives should be Shakespeare uses character development to show the gender gap between men and women. In Taming ofthe Shrew the play starts off by introducing two sisters Bianca, and Katherine.
In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare). Unlike Shakespeare, Wilde uses names to further the satirical nature of The Importance of Being Earnest. Throughout the play Wilde is perpetually using situational irony, exaggeration, deflation and epigrammatic phrases in order to ridicule societies social norms. Although the play is satirical it also gives a lot of insight on the importance of names. The play states that names are enough to judge character and even status in society.
The continual questioning reflects that of a grueling and in part contributes to Ophelia’s later madness. Kenneth Brannagh has said that his interpretation of “Hamlet” suggests that Hamlet is aware of either Polonius and Claudius and Hamlet’s continual repetition of “Get thee to a nunnery” emphasizes his beliefs in all women being morally corrupt. Possibly, Hamlet betrays Ophelia because he ultimately loves her. He is aware of men being “arrant knaves” and as such may be
While Shakespeare's Othello is full of deceitful acts of immorality, Iago is behind each one of them. Iago’s, deceptions make Othello believe that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. Through many remarks Iago is able to force images of sexual relations in Othello's mind. These images and the rage that the images bring soon lead to the hatred of both Othello and Iago. Iago is motivated by his need for revenge and his hatred that he has for Othello.
As Isabel Allende said “A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.” In previous societies, the thought of a woman acquiring power is considered as a joke. Women are viewed as innocent caregivers serving for the needs of a man. William Shakespeare wrote a controversial play involving a strong woman role. A dominate woman role was unheard of in the Elizabethan time period and broke the stereotypical view of what a woman is. Through the use of negative imagery and diction in Macbeth, William Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as dominate and apathetic.