As where in “Unpopular Opinion: Marriage Will Never Be a Feminist Choice” the author Meghan Murphy is all about women not getting married and going out and living the single life. Murphy has a strong belief that marriage isn’t needed or right. Murphy strongly believes that marrying is pointless. To Murphy marriage has no real value or benefit. When she can just live a single life or just be in a regular relationship.
A Line Between Love and Hate In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the character Walter Lee Younger, displays the demeanor of a character in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In Hurston’s book, Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, was a woman with a very stubborn mindset on life, very similar to Walter Lee who presumably had life all figured out. They were portrayed as the antagonist in the novels but were just characters that meant well and had good intentions. Walter Lee Younger and Nanny are portrayed as selfish and emotionless characters by few critics but digging deeper into their situations and their decision making, they just wanted better for their loved ones and they both wanted one thing, a better life, whether it benefited themselves or the special people in their lives. To help better understand Walter Lee and Nanny, their actions verses intentions, along with the meaning behind what they did, and the reasoning behind it all will be broken down and examined throughout the paper.
Although she has desires to live a holy life of virgin and give her full devoted love to God, she still allows for her husband to deny her wishes and treat her as if she was simply his possession. “He would have his will and she obeyed with great weeping and sorrowing because she might not live chaste. – And so he used her as he had done before; he would not spare.” (10-11). These acts of objectifying Margery Kempe appear throughout the book, and they are acts that she gives the power of the men around her to take part in. Not only does she give power to the instrumentality of her life, but she also allows for patriarchy to reign over her
In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the female characters' desire to question the law of Athens and select their own husbands drives most of the conflict in the play. In a way, Hermia, Helena, and Titania are the protagonists of the play because each of their desires are being thwarted by the patriarchal structure of the society in which they live. The way the women try to overcome such hurdles does not sit well with the men. Accordingly, the men get on edge when their patriarchy is disrupted, so they make strict laws to try and keep the women under their control. The men of Athens feel threatened when women show agency because their whole patriarchal system depends on female complacency.
The fact that she was a female and went against a man’s power makes it seem worse than it actually has to be, all she did was pay her respect to her brother because no one would. Him putting Antigone to death because she went against his power clearly shows his feminism towards women. This also shows that all males had full power over society, economy, and women, which isn’t fair. Antigone displays her feminist qualities when she goes against the most powerful male, the king Creon. Her going against him shows her disrespect for Creon, her doing this and speaking like a male figure shows her push for equality between the sexes.
Antigone broke every rule in the book when it came to the way that women were supposed to behave in society back then. Women back then were either seen as slaves, mothers, or concubines, even Kreon told his son Haimon that, “when you lay yourself under a pleasure female the pleasure goes cold soon…and never never never let ourselves be bested by a woman” (lines 740-745 & 772-77), claiming that women are only good for one thing and even that is not enough to trust a woman. But Antigone was not seen as any of these things she believed in something and even though her sister told her not to do it, Antigone knew what was right and defended her beliefs. When Ismene said, “moreover we’re girls girls cannot force their way against men” (lines 70-72) it was obvious that this was one of the reasons that she did not want to help Antigone, she was raised to believe that women did not have the same strength that men have. Antigone defied all “rules” women were taught back then and made sure that not only would she be looked like as a martyr, but as a woman who was not afraid of any
Puritan morals required Hester to feel truly terrible about her sin and to repent. In order to implement this morality, the society put her on a scaffold and constantly publicly ridiculed her so that they could all cast shame upon her. Hester lived in a society which believed that she had to live the remainder of her life in infamy because of the sin she had committed. Hester’s conflict against society was caused by its need to enforce its morality upon
But Antigone does not think that way because she disobeys for the sake of her brother. But as well she places the gods as the highest ruler instead of Creon, the King of Thebes. I think Creon views women as objects, he believes that men are in control and women should back down and obey the men. “there are places enough for him to push his plow. I want no wicked women for my sons.” (Sophocles, Line 455) He clearly shows that women are to surrender to the male figures.
The book is centrally based upon male dominance, and on how the women are constantly put down by the gods or overruled by them. Treating women with inferiority is a warning sign of a possibility of something being sexist. With inferiority playing a huge role throughout the book that makes the Iliad a sexist work. A work like
“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression” (Nelson Mandela). Women throughout history has been shown to be treated unequally compared to men, they are heavily repressed by stereotypes of society and by men who believe they are superior compared to women. Zora Neale Hurston explores the roles of women in the novel, Their Eyes were Watching God, through the characters of Janie and her second husband, Joe Starks. Even with two different marriages, Janie never got the chance to be who she really is. The men in her life had held Janie back from what she wanted.