Her pursuit of revenge and will of making 'corpses of three of her enemies' flips the whole scenario as well as her characteristics. By this time she becomes a distinct character and no longer remains a typical woman. This clearly shows the hidden strength of a woman which was suppressed by men. Medea seems to oppose this ideology and she does so by transposing herself into a man disguised as a
But he uses it through how they come upon him when meeting, for example disloyal woman. Melantho which is the maid servant of Penelope and Clytemnestra, who is the spouse of Agamemnon, are two of the main people that are completely disloyal. In the book, Melantho is presented as rude to Odysseus and Queen Penelope, she hides behind Penelope's back and consists of having a relationship with one of their suitors. In the end it didn’t go as planned for her, but she got killed along with the other suitors trying to save her lover. She was tired of listening to others and not being able to be with the guy she
What is worth mentioning in Sophocles’ play is that he not only showed the weak side of women but also the strong ones. For example, Ismene is the traditional role of women in ancient Greek—coward, fear of men power and feeble. For Ismene, "we must remember we were born women, not meant to strive with men" (Antigone). She even chose to die with Antigone while hearing her sentence, for she was afraid that she would be alone, she could not be able to fight against Creon, this men-dominant society. In contrast, her sister Antigone presents the “women power”.
Antigone feels especially different about men’s authority. Ismene would be viewed as a perfect example of what a woman should be in Ancient Greece. The difference in Ismene’s personality and Antigone’s, highlight the type of person Antigone depicts to
Known as an epic war poem, The Iliad delves into topics concerning masculinity, heroism, and bravery. Women play a modest but important role that forms the structure of the plot. Helen’s character aids in expanding Menelaus and Paris’ characters. Homer does not delve into the lives of women like he does with the men, speaking to the notion of inferiority between the sexes. Homer displays women as tangible items through male interactions with one another.
Artemisia’s life and career have not been widely respected at this point, and her anger towards the structure of Renaissance Italy has been building. In response, she painted Judith carrying away the head of Holofernes with her maidservant, a fitting closing to the assassination of Holofernes. The way she depicted this scene would be emulated by the artists who followed her for years and years to come. Rather than showing a weak squeamish woman, Gentileschi showed power and command that highlighted women. The maidservant is carrying the head of Holofernes away in a basket, rather than previous depictions of his head in a sack.
From Innocuous Girl to Fearless Woman: Medea’s Strategy to Navigating a Misogynistic Society Euripides’ play Medea, which tells the story of Medea, a young girl from a faraway land who lost everything because she sacrificed for a man who eventually left her — same old story. Medea gives modern audiences a peek into the society that Euripides lived Medea Euripides’ Medea exemplifies the ideas of misogyny and discrimination of non-Greeks. To start, Medea is one of many women in mythology that comes to be victim of a misogynistic society. At first she is depicted as a sweet, innocent young girl who is struggling between choosing to leave with Jason because she is ‘in love with him’, weighing the things she would be giving up all ties to her family and family name. Even though she is intelligent enough to know it is not worth it, the plot is manipulated so that she must succumb to the magic of Eros, demonstrating that as a woman she is has very little autonomy and self-determination.
A recurring theme in classical literature is the treatment of women. In his epics “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” the women were objectified. The women were treated as possessions sexually. The society during this time was mainly patriarchal, meaning that the women in the household were expected to be subject to male authority; if they were not submissive, the women would be portrayed as disrespectful. While the treatment of women nowadays is considerably better than during Homer’s time, there are still some aspects that have stayed the same.
But of course we must also identify what Patriarchal system is, and how it does affect woman’s condition and whether it is possible for woman to be fully liberated. Our goal is to first settle the condition of woman through her existing body and further turning to her situation in the society. Consequently we shall address whether Feminism is still significant in attaining gender equality, or is gender equality possible by all means. From here, the researcher will try to unfold the root cause of gender inequality by studying of the woman’s situation, since by disclosing the condition of woman we are also unveiling the condition of man in the
Sophocles presents a female character in this play, who is a strong believer and who shows feminist logic. Antigone rejects the customary part of woman in Greece and she defies her ruler Creon, in various points of view making her be depicted as a feminist. Although ancient Greece was a male-dominant society, Sophocles’ Antigone depicts women as being solid and capable of making wise decisions. In the play we see Antigone meeting with her sister Ismene to talk about the announcement Creon made regarding their brother Polyneices.
But with her mother dead and her father bitter, those feelings are foreign to Lily. Especially since she is trapped, tormenting herself over the fact that she was the one to shoot her mother. Despite it being a terrible accident. Sue Monk Kidd expresses to the readers how much death can trap someone in their own mind through Lily. You can see the full extent of her suffering when she sobbed the truth to August “It was my fault she died.
These sorts of character serve a particular purpose in the context of the plays. They are a foil against which the plights of the true focuses can be highlighted. Ismene, Antigone’s sister, is presented as the typical woman of the age. As such she is entirely against Antigone’s plan to act against the state. She asks her sister, “Shall we not perish wretchedest of all, / If in defiance of the law we cross / A monarch 's will?”
So, it is fair to say that she has suffered through tragic loss, and unfortunate events that have been far out of her control. Antigone is a character that is trying to find the good in a world that has constantly put her down. By burying one of her few remaining family members, she is attempting to have a positive, lasting effect on the world, something that no one in her family has been able to do. Although Antigone might not have handled her conversation with her sister Ismene well, she does have a reason to be angry because she offers her sister a chance to bury Polyneices with her, so that they can both right something that has been wronged (43-47). Even though Ismene refuses to take part in burying Polyneices, Antigone does the deed alone, and takes full responsibility for her actions.
She has changed from this very graceful woman who had a very beautiful personality into a woman who has become hardened. She is forever changed by the isolation she was put in and hatred the town had for her. She visited with Chillingworth and they begin to have a conversation about her new image. Chillingworth mentions that the townspeople are thinking about letting her remove the scarlet letter. Hester replies by saying, “Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature” (Hawthorne, 122).
This extraordinary woman who stood strong in what she believes refused to surrender her seat to a white male passenger, once said: “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” (Rosa Parks, 1955). The story of Antigone describes a strong woman who stood up against the cruel dictator and doing what she thought that was right, showing an example of how women can stand up against authoritarian men. Antigone rejects the Ancient Greek view of a female character which is that a woman cannot defend herself and shows the reader an example of a strong woman by refusing to be under the influence of men’s power and defending her beliefs. Antigone rejects being controlled by Creon and speaks up to defend herself.