In "My Last Duchess", the Duke’s attitude to limit and preserve the pleasant smile of the Duchess for himself displays his imperious nature over her possessions is presented in this enjambment, "Or blush, at least. She thanked men—good!…With anybody’s gift. Who’d stoop to blame This sort of trifling?” (Browning, 31-36). On the other hand, the act of sexual confrontation and foreplay by Porphyria is denoted by the usage of the word “stooping” in "And made her smooth white shoulder bare, And all her yellow hair displaced, And, stooping, made my cheek lie there” (Browning, 17-19). This denotes the extent of sexual favours from the perspective of the character, who in return takes the life of his partner for his personal convenience.
In addition, he sexually exploits his art students and treats them as an object to fulfill his erotic desires as he does with Susie and Elaine. Elaine comes to understand the true personality of Josef in the persecution of Susie, her fellow art student, who commits suicide because of her illegitimate pregnancy. Furthermore, he does not respect Elaine’s individually and regards her as his property. Thus, he does not give her any credit as an artist so Elaine excludes him from her life as he is considered as a threat to her identity (Mehta 188). Stephen Ahern in “Meat Like You Like” pointed out that, “Her art teacher Josef is a walking catalogue of patriarchal myths of femininity: he feels women should live for him only and has an objectivizing, pre-Raphaelite vision of women as helpless flowers, or shapes to be arranged and contemplated” (12).
Afterwards, Electra begins to shake and falls to the floor caused by a seizure: ‘The shakes take over her whole body. Then she falls to the floor. This is a full blown seizure.’ This seizure begins just after she murders her mother. Her and Orestes no longer feel itchy therefore they believe vengeance has been served and they have done the right thing by their father and the gods. The Electra complex also is shown throughout this half of the play as we see the dedication Electra has to her father and her desire to kill her to avenge him.
In Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship; she is having an affair with him and he psychologically oppressed her with his money and wealth only to get the idea he has of her as his “Golden Girl.” Fitzgerald’s argument is, when love is not the main reason for a relationship it will lead into oppression of women. All of these relationships prove how oppression is caused when love is not the main focus of a
In Titus Andronicus, Titus sacrifices a child’s life for his own dead sons. This shows that in both plays a psychotic character chooses death and hatred over any other sensible act. Titus expresses how blood and revenge are the only two things he focuses on in the play, just like Madea. Madea seeks revenge on Jason and kills her children including Jason’s new royalty bride. She goes through with the act of killing Jason's new bride - Medea's children bring her a poisoned gown, which also ends up killing the King of Corinth.
(Sophocles, line 47). Ismene is the strongest representation of society opposing Antigone. She has a strong, negative reaction at Antigone 's goal of disobedience, and this is how the rest of society would likely react, too. Despite receiving disapproval from her sister, Antigone completes the burial of her brother and is quickly caught for her crime. Antigone is sentenced to death by the king, her ultimate consequence, so she instead kills herself to strip society 's power.
But In spite of this awakening evolving around us, today also there are women who have lack of individualism and identity in the society. Anita Desai questions age old traditions and portrays women in a new context. She unveils the acute sense of entrapment and suffering of women in the upper and lower middle classes. Education encourages them to nurture idea of western style self-hood, identity and equality among sexes. Desai depicts young, sensitive women becoming victims of social situation that first encourages and then punishes them for such ideas of self-development and fulfillment.
In the novel sister of my Heart and Vine of Desire, the writer has artistically portrayed the physical and psychological tensions and tortures to which women are subjected. She has created a new self-transformation and empowering image for women characters go through in the process of their growth. The twin novels Sister of my Heart and Vine of Desire explore the theme of love, friendship, self-transformation, assimilation self-analysis and discovery. It is also the tale of passion, jealousy and redemption. Her novels Sister of My Heart and The Vine of Desire focuses on the relationship between women but they also give a glimpse into the unavoidable and difficult circumstances where relationships are put to test under the fire of situational crisis and the way past comes to haunt the present lives of the characters and transforms their future course of action The novels effectively revisit the country of birth and Divakaruni throws light on the Indian society, customs and traditions.
Abstract The paper, titled Female Resistance against Repression throws light on the significance of the institution of marriage and familial love as portrayed in Shobha De’s sensational novel Strange Obsession. It also underscores that women, must be discrete to distinguish between the real and deceptive, fake and genuine, deleterious and healthy. She also exhorts the need for women to master their own self in the process of attaining independence. The emphasis is laid on curbing the unconventional feminine desires which subjugates women. As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality.
They are torn between old and new values. They question the nature of their lives, and their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and professionals. This awareness leads them to rethink about their own lives as women and instils in them the confidence and strength to go ahead. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni focuses on the diasporic conscious ness of Indian women caught between two opposing worlds. They find themselves in an in-between states, struggling to carve out identities of their own.