Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. 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).
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
Throughout most of the play, she is portrayed as powerful and confident, and more daring than Macbeth himself, though this image changes when she shows signs of weakness, resulting in her death. In Lady Macbeth’s first appearance in the play, Act 1, Scene 7, she behaves in contentious ways that might lead the audience to question her morals. After reading the letter in which Macbeth shares the news, the first words in her soliloquy show her determination and ambition: “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor - and shalt be what thou art promised!” The fact that she states that he shall be what is promised and become king, shows that she is aware of her own strengths and influence over Macbeth. It reveals the possibility that she is the dominant character in their partnership. Aware of Macbteh’s weaknesses, Lady Macbeth knows that he is too gentle to carry out what she may have in mind, and that she will need to help him.
This “future queen” sees the life she could have flash before her eyes and obviously Macbeth was hesitant because King Duncan was a honest man and Macbeth was a “servant” to him and he was family to Macbeth so he really didn’t want to go through with it. This fueled Lady Macbeth to conjure the death of King Duncan as well as covering it up. Lady Macbeth in Act 1, asked the spirits if they could “unsex” her so that she could ultimately be capable to go through with the killing. She felt like her husband (Macbeth) could not do her dirty work that she could wish that she could do herself. Lady Macbeth tried and attempted to fasten onto Macbeth’s inner feelings and attacked his level of masculinity.
In the play of Shakespeare entitled Macbeth, we have cited different philosophies that were shown in the play itself. Some of this includes feminism, opportunism, personalism, and instrumentalism and existentialism According to the Maggie Humm and Rebecca Walker, Feminism is a range of , ideologies, political movements and social movements that has a single goal: to establish, define, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women that is equivalent to those that men’s have. This includes the campaign on giving same opportunities to both men and women. Opportunism is the conscious practice and policy of taking advantage of situations with regard for principles, or with what the aftermath are for others. Opportunist actions are practical actions guided primarily by self-interested reasons.
The Manipulation of Societal Expectations and Power In the short story “Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze”, Eliza Haywood shows how societal values, standards that people are expected to follow, can also be manipulated to a person’s favor. In the eighteenth century, a woman’s reputation is extremely important because her actions do not only represent her character, but it also affects her ability to find a husband and wed. Finding a husband is an act necessary to survive as a woman in this time period. However, the protagonist pushes the boundaries of societal limits by actively pursuing and having sexual intercourse with a man dressed as four different characters. Although, the protagonist is extremely careful when it comes to hiding her identity,
Arparish Royal Mrs. Goddard English ll 19 November, 2015 "Character Analysis Outline" A person will only take so much abuse from someone before they have had enough and decide to stand for what they believe. Emilia is first woman in William Shakespeare's Othello to become independent of Iago's leash and show how a woman of her time can ignore the gender roles in place, to protect someone she cares about. During the time period Othello is set in, women are view as property and the lesser to men. Even now in today's society some believe women are second to men. The ideal woman during this time was to obey their "owners" every wish at a moments notice.
(1.5. 30- 34) This is important because Lady Macbeth views her femininity as a weakness that is hindering her. Lady Macbeth wants to rid herself of her menstrual cycle so that her emotions won’t get in her way of obtaining her goals. By “unsexing” herself, Lady Macbeth hopes to gain the strength of masculinity which in turn will help her in goading her husband. This demonstrates Lady Macbeth’s devotion to Macbeth because she is willing to do anything in order to help Macbeth become king.
This play consists of a lot many themes. To cite a few: Rewriting the tale of Cinderella and Sleeping beauty, Class, language and phonetics and Independence. But in this paper, I would like to work on the feminist aspect of this play for this aspect, is the one which impressed me more. As this paper is based on Gender analysis I am restricting my analysis to the theme of Feminism in this play. To begin with, George Bernard Shaw was an early and outspoken advocate for the rights of women, and as a playwright he created some of the most distinctive women characters of his day.
In attempting to implement her dreams of Scottish queendom she was ready to forge her gender hierarchy into which she was born. The total shift of her psyche brought about traits of gender-inversion that marks her marriage accompanying and implying the necessary demands or acts of male-female conjugal duo. In fact, her explicit bombardment of her husband; hesitant Macbeth in the words of “too full o’the milk of human Kindness” for their conjoined purposes of enjoying royal power; she was in favour of giving up loyalty to the elderly poor old King Duncan and substitute all traditional prudish values to fulfil their ambitions. According to her, just being a dutiful, successful warrior he had turned into a ‘milquetoast’  sexuality and Gender are very important themes in Shakespeare’s plays. They are used, at times, as either a tool of manipulation, a form of propaganda or sometimes both.
Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play is manipulative, most of the times she manipulates her husband into doing either what she wants or what she thinks he should do. For example, when Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan anymore, Lady Macbeth convinces him by saying “from this time such I account thy love. Art thou afeared to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire? (I.vii line 38-41). Besides, the audience see Lady Macbeths is influencing her husband’s feelings by she is using her love as a weapon because she is saying do it or I will not love you.
This fits into the idea of a perfect Elizabethan woman, who’s lives are subject to their husband’s rule across all aspects, to be disposed of as men wish. Each female character is treated by men as a possession. However, there are also moments when they are presented as confident and challenge a male authority. This would have been exiting for Shakespeare’s female Elizabethan audience as women
In Act 3 Scene 1, Beatrice is overwhelmed with the thought of people judging her proud and scornful ways. Beatrice addresses this revolution by agreeing to leave her past self behind and seal this newfound affection with Benedick. Beatrice’s view of rejecting a man who will rule her with an iron fist is quite independent. In this case, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing suggests Beatrice was once in love with Benedick, but his title of lord and soldier of Padua negatively effected their relationship. In addition, Beatrice’s previous relationship with Benedick, as suggested by the play, developed this harsh semblance.
We see this from the way he tends to favor Bianca over Kate, such as when he leaves Katherine behind because “he has more to commune with Bianca” (1.1.102-103). Reflect upon the way this preferential treatment would affect Katherine’s relationship with her sister. In what ways would this be expressed onstage? Later, when Baptista comes across Katherine assaulting the favored daughter, his diction further depicts his favoritism: “Poor girl” of Bianca, “devilish spirit” of Kate, “Why dost thou wrong her that did ne’er wrong thee?” (2.1.25-30). How would personal discrimination affect you and the way in which you treat