Edward Rochester is a talented man; what he lacks in beauty he makes up for in other areas. Jane describes Rochester’s appearance as having “stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted” (Bronte 214). Even though Jane is no beauty herself, she still critiques others appearance, but she does not judge them for it. After his bad first impression and ugliness, Rochester decides to treat Jane with the highest level of respect that she has seen in her entire life. After some light conversations, Rochester has found himself in love with Jane because of her mind.
In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir writes that “from patriarchy’s earliest times [men] have deemed it useful to keep woman in a state of dependence” (193), and indeed, nowhere is this intent more evident than in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Elizabethans were a deeply patriarchal society; women were expected to be meekly subordinate and as such were deprived of any legal independence or right to self-expression. Accordingly, the characters of Hamlet, most notably the titular character, often express extraordinarily misogynistic views. Logically, it would follow that Hamlet’s female characters—Gertrude and Ophelia—would be one-dimensional and submissive, serving only to further Hamlet’s story. However, in actuality, both women defy the traditional Elizabethan standard of femininity—Gertrude in her sexuality, and Ophelia in her madness—serving to create tension in the story and elicit unease in the audience.
Artemisia Gentileschi has remained one of the most famous women artists in modern history that is not famous for solely her skill. Though talented, scholars have instead chose to highlight the sexual assault and personal struggles Gentileschi went through as a means to deeper understand and criticise her masterful art. Although she painted few altarpieces and no frescoes, her talent was still comparable to some of the great male masters of her time, with her rendition of the story of Judith and Holofernes frequently being compared to the great Caravaggio’s. Despite her success as an artist, many historians have instead focused on her role as a woman. Undoubtedly, Artemisia experienced many things that other men, and male artists, would not
McCormick writes to young western girls because they are the next generation women that both care and can make a difference. This generation can find unity in each other by recognizing our different but similar adversities, and helping one another reach a better world. Unlike some women in the past, we can use each other to build on our accomplishments cumulatively instead of tearing others down to benefit personally. In such a patriarchal world, women definitely need to work harder to attain their goals; although, to climb the ladder of power, some ladies step on their fellow female peers on the way up, and justify this by the male’s dominant role in
Despite Violette Szabo being known for having a contrarian nature and going against the rules, she is the greatest female agent of world war II in European history because of her selflessness, dedication as an agent, and her rebellion against people 's expectations of her. One of the things that makes Violette Szabo special is that she is the one of the least known great young female operative agents. The unrecognized work she did was so important for ending the war, as well as paving a path for the recognition of unknown heroes in European history. Without the amazing work the nameless heroes such as Violette did, the success in the war wouldn 't have been
In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles). Although Emilia does not ever say these powerful words out loud, she is still willing to not follow her husbands commands despite his strong character. Emilia proves again that she has powerful thoughts when she stated that,”Let husbands know, Their wives have sense like them; they see and smell, And have their palates both for sweet and sour As husbands have’ (Othello IV.3.92-5) Emilia contends that women are physically the same to men,they both get distraught and have issues that trouble each other, they should treat each other similarly. Women can still analyze literature about the inequality and rights for women through many of the injustices that are modern today.
“She was Female to the noble Male; the beautiful Black Venus, to our young Mars” (Behn 14). Imoninda was so beautiful that she is described as a goddess who deserves a worthy and honorable man. Though her age or wrinkles should not change her beauty and “her soul wou’d be always fine, and always young” (Behn 15). Unfortunately, her power is limited unlike her beauty. Unlike many women during that time, Imoinda goes against the “norms” because she is not silent and is not under the complete control of male dominance.
Although her work was highly praised, some critics felt that Christine argued with the intent to only defend those women who were virtuous and who had prestige in their society or were held to a higher reputation than others. This can be seen as in The Book of the City of Ladies, she uses examples of women who were scholars, saints, and good wives to establish her argument about why women were worthy of the city. She does not speak about women who were involved in activities or who were part of the culture that most people in medieval society looked down upon (e.g. prostitutes). Her choice to only write about these women made her a product of her time, as many medieval women readers and writers had a clear appreciation for those women who were of nobler
An-Mei says to June, “Not know your own mother? How can you say? Your mother is in your bones!” (1, 1, 134). And portrays Tan’s idea of the indivisible mother-daughter link. Mothers and daughters go through hardships together, but love always finds a way to win.
Ismene’s unwillingness to participate in the burial of her brother, demonstrates her compliant and submissive disposition towards men and authority. “We are only women, we cannot fight with men, Antigone! The law is strong, we must give into the law. In this thing, and in worse” (Sophocles 46-49). In this sense, Ismene is the character who contracts with Antigone because both of them have very dissimilar views about the power of men over women.
In the Civil Rights Movement, Jewish women played important roles. These women choose to work in social justice movement. They worked as campus organizers, demonstrators, communications coordinators, human resource managers. They understand the struggles of not given equality because this new idea once contradicted with their Jewish tradition. Jew women are changing how they are viewed in society, realizing they are as equal to
As I would like to think Curleys wife is the loneliest and saddest character in the novel as she has no personality that of which we are told, she has no name which indicates that John Steinbeck would not like to see her as a free willed woman, she is Curleys property meaning she bears the title "Curleys wife" as she is dominated by him. Curley also demands that she is not to wander outside the house unless advised, she does in any case attempting to look for consideration and fondness, she gets away with this utilizing the reason that she 's attempting to find Curley. Her life is dictated by her husband and is demanded to not ever converse with the ranch hands nor allowed to think about them as he will find out. This reminds me how George dictates Lennie into not conversing with anybody unless George permits him, they both additionally rebel by conversing with the ranch hands making excuses to get away with it as they are both so lonely. This is the reason Lennie and Curleys wife are ideal for one another, they both draw out the outrage and love in one another as they are both in the same circumstance, for instance Lennie is mentally handy caped thus meaning if you were like Lennie back then you would be shunned and would only make society worse.