She made a foil that contrasted both characters in order to make a statement in her time period. She made the character of Lady Catherine and Elizabeth polar opposites to tell the reader that social customs is not everything that matters. Elizabeth is a woman from the lower class that did not really care about what society says about her, while Lady Catherine is a woman of propriety that believes appearances are everything. Elizabeth touched the subject on marriage and customs because she thought that the way it is portrayed in her period is absurd. While Lady Catherine’s character symbolized the behavior of the majority of the people in her society.
In Twelfth Night, Viola and Olivia are the central characters to the play’s plot. Each are young women that take approaches to dealing with the people around them, which are mainly men. There is much trickery that goes on in Twelfth Night, but the ending is for the most part happy. Viola marries Orsino and Olivia marries Sebastian, but the events leading up to this are more or less chaotic. Ultimately, I argue that while Olivia uses her higher social status in order to maintain control of herself and others, Viola resorts to trickery in order to bring about her desires.
In a society where women have little status, she is seen as fiendishly cruel, when actually she is just trying to get to the top of the social ladder with little help from others. Surrounded by people who disrespect and disobey her, she must do whatever it takes to make her fantasy of becoming a head
This is the mindset that permeates both Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Both plays, having been written at the end of the 19th century, offer insight into how this societal pressure creates an environment in which women face a particularly large amount of pressure to find wealthy, suitable husbands rather than ones they truly love. This issue of marriage being classified as business is best summed up in The Importance of Being Earnest when Algy, after having learned Jack intends to propose to Gwendolyn, remarks, “I thought you had come up for pleasure…? I call that business” (Wilde
Perhaps this is because it is seen as a choice, or an indecent lifestyle. Prostitutes are portrayed as some sort of forbidden(taboo) yet are highly desirable items in our society. Hypersexualization of women in media overall is just bad towards making them seem even more like sexual items. While “glorifying” these
However, some may argue that the reliance on sexuality does not celebrate a women agency because it is demeaning to women and prolongs the stereotype that women are just eye candy/sexual objects. I do not agree with this because everyone has the right to do as they please with their body as long as it does not harm them or society. In my opinion, sexuality is not the most significant aspect of the femme fatale characters, it is the emotional manipulation. 2. After reading chapters 1 -12 I concluded that Cora is indeed a “femme fatale” because she is both sexually attractive from Frank’s perspective and has a habit of complicating things for the men who love her (Frank Chambers
The tension between illusion and reality focuses on Blanche’s relationship with other characters and the world around her. Blanche lives in a fantasy world of sentimental illusion because reality would ruin her. Throughout the play, Blanche constantly bathes herself as if she can wash away the dirt of her guilt and she only appears in semi-darkness and shadows, intentionally keeping herself out of the harsh glare of reality. Her sign of purity is an ironic illusion because of her growingly evident promiscuity, but even that is just a part of her act and is not the real Blanche. Blanche exerts efforts to maintain the appearance of being an upper-class young innocent woman, even though she is, by all accounts, a “fallen woman” (Abbotson
In the book “Recent Trends in theoretical psychology, The Ideology of Beauty”, Tseelon states “In a society where sexual difference forms part of its dominant ideology, men and women are bound to occupy different positions on the attractiveness dimension. Looks may be important to a man but they are consequential for the woman: both in terms of how others value her and how she values herself. The beauty ideology forces the woman into a paradoxical existence, without making the paradoxes obvious. Thus whether or not she succeeds in subscribing to the beauty system, controlling her body, and following the fantasy models of beauty it provides (be it the feminine fragile one, or the healthy sporty one) she is in a double-bind. If she fails she is powerless and condemned as ugliness.
He values and glorifies her entity and propounds his love as eternal. The plot set to portray how this female is going to act toward her legally husband and the foreigner poet under the conventional values of Victorian era. The character of Candida is somehow complicated inasmuch as takes the accustomed women roles as a homemaker of the family, but she also embraces feminist ideals about marriage and liberated sexuality. On the other hand, her husband was quite convinced that she deserves more care and protection. This enticing wife must make a choice between the man who has given her everything, and the young man who desires to give her so much more.
Penelope proves herself to be a “mistress of her own heart” by (1) exercising commitment and loyalty to her departed love and (2) employing deceit and pity to manipulate her suitors, buying her time to remain independent from men other than Odysseus although she fears for the possibility of never reuniting with Odysseus and faces constant temptations from the suitors. To be a “mistress of her own heart” means that she is in control of her emotions. Penelope controls her emotions by remaining loyal to Odysseus, despite the many challenges presented to her. Penelope exercises commitment and loyalty to Odysseus by demanding the respect for Odysseus and his counterparts and being skeptical of his return. Penelope is constantly seeking balance between being perceived as ready for marriage and taking actions that shows her loyalty to Odysseus, so her taking a stand against the maltreatment of his house is an instance of controlling her fear.