Through the novel, we can see how Gilead negatively affects the psychology and mentality of the handmaids that makes them to give up to the system and brain washes them. One example is Janine. She is rejecting her victimization and ignorant of her own victimization, Janine looks revolting, pathetic, and distressed. For example, Offered describes Janine as pitiful since she tries to fulfill Gilead’s roles. She describes her how she throws herself into the testifying and feels arrogance in describing her rape story and abortion; subsequently, feels guilty when she had done nothing wrong.
Kate Chopin, in her work entitled The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and freedom to reveal her belief that women are oppressed while Gilman, having the same view, uses symbols and verbal irony. Chopin and Gilman convey their views on the oppression of women in marriage differently. Kate Chopin, the author of The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and a widow’s independence to show her view that marriage is oppressive. Upon hearing of her husband’s death, Louise Mallard, the main character in The Story of An Hour, recedes to her room. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.” (Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman.
In Euripides’ text The Medea, Medea can easily be painted as the villian. She is a woman who killed her own children in an attempt to spite her husband. But, by examining the text, we can see that she deserves some sympathy. She has little to no control over her own life and has to rely on the will of men. And as a foreigner in Corinth abandoned by her husband, she faces even more challenges than the native women of Corinth did.
Well Lady Macbeth, who is dead set on having absolute power, disagrees with that. She convinces Macbeth to kill, to cover up the murders, and tries to convince him that these murders will get them to the top. Lady Macbeth calls upon the witches and states, “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty” (Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 lines 31 and 31). This shows that while in the pursuit of power, Lady Macbeth wanted it so much that she asked the witches to “unsex” her and make her more like man. But along with that you see the theme of gender roles are uncertain which ties into Lady Macbeth leading Macbeth in this pursuit of power, also giving him the ambition that she wants him to
Just like the girls in the Crucible the girls made claims that certain men and women were witches they didn’t have proof either. Joseph McCarthy made claims that ruined lived and lead to increased to hostility, same as Abigail and the other girls made claims that ruined lives. In conclusion Arthur Miller was commenting on the behavior of society, comparing the Salem witch Trials within the McCarthy hearings in the 1950’s, when the United States Government sought to identify any Americans were Communists or Communist protectors and friends. The problem for either side is never solved only by the ending of persecution of people with no
Shakespeare’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth is distant to the role that a Jacobean audience would be comfortable with women being in. In a time where “the repetition in a woman’s ear/would murder as it fell”; a woman readily savage and merciless caused a disturbance to their ideas of how a woman should behave. This makes Lady Macbeth one of the most striking villains in Shakespeare’s plays. Lady Macbeth’s entrance is her reaction to the letter sent by Macbeth in which he discloses the Witches’ prophecies. In this scene, Shakespeare’s use of diction presents Lady Macbeth as a calculative woman, who holds no qualms in manipulating her husband and chastising his character.
Venus is Cupid’s mother, she fits the archetype of the wicked witch since she attempts to doom Psyche with a terrible, hideous husband. Cupid is best explained as the hero since near the end of the tale, he saves Psyche. As far as Psyche, in the beginning, she is a ingenue but later becomes a maiden to prove her worth to Venus. Finally, Psyche’s sisters would be villains since in their jealousy, they convince Psyche to almost murder Cupid. As far as the story line or situations, four main situations would be ‘the quest’ of Cupid to doom Psyche’s love life which causes a ‘star-crossed lover’ since Cupid’s mother sent him out of envy but he falls in love with Psyche.
How can a character who chooses to stay in an abusive relationship be considered feminist? I argue that it is through her painful first and second marriages that she grows more complex, and her identity is progressively shaped to reflect a maturing, empowered woman. Logan and Jody echo patriarchal 20th century notions of gender, relating to the virtues of domesticity and labor: women as the embodiment of the “angels in the house”, as well as subservient creatures pandering to their husband’s desires and needs. When Jodie declares, “Ah never married her for nothin’ like dat [speech-making]. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home” (43), Hurston is faithfully reflecting the times during which the novel is set, and the mindsets Janie must constantly struggle against.
“Beauty is the mark God sets upon virtue.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature. A woman, in the eyes of the Puritans, due to her unvirtuous act, was given an unbeautiful gift. They believe she was given a demon child for her sin. Living in a strict Puritan town in the 1800’s, Hester Prynne, a transcendentalist, is forced to wear a scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life as punishment for her sin of adultery. Because Hester is a Puritan, she understands that she participated in a horrible sin and can never be forgiven.
The Weird Sisters answer to Hecate and her need for control is evident when she is infuriated by their dialog with Macbeth. By speaking of “riddles and affairs of death,” (Shakespeare 373) the Weird Sisters stepped out of line without their leaders’ permission. Being the “close contriver of all harms,” Hecate is enraged at the fact she was “never called to bear [her] part” (Shakespeare 373) in the handling of Macbeth’s prophesy. She wishes to control everything under the “umbrella” of spells and witchcraft. Although she is considered a goddess, the simple principle of her sexuality and influence coincides with female dominance.
Buy didn’t “keep it like it is” then she would burn like a pyre. This sounds like a crazed woman, who was pushed over the line just because one of her murals was being removed. She is a professional artist so she has access to exact paint thinner that could have started the fire. Robin Banks has motive and hatred towards the Glutco company and she stopped at nothing to get revenge on them. Ending In the end your honor we all want justice for the death of a young woman whose life ended too early.
Cofer explains that the myth of the Latin woman is that Americans look at all Latina women’s as domestic, waitresses or any other low class job workers. Media also makes the myth of the Latin women, by making fun of a housemaid in California that mispronounces words and has poor cooking skills. What Cofer is trying to say, is that not all Latinas are the same, there are Latinas with an education and Latinas without one. But the reality is that everyone wants to treat all Latinas the worst, when it shouldn’t be like this. Latin women shouldn’t have to go through all the harassments of getting unfairly treated, just because there’s a myth that says all Latin women’s are inferior to every
If someone “hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property” (Miller, 99) and then others would fight to get their property. In the Red Scare, those accused lost their jobs and their well earned respect. For example, Helen Keller’s reputation is practically spotless but once branded with communism, that went downhill. In the Crucible, Rebecca Nurse was accused of witchcraft, who was seen as the “mother” of Salem and had a pure reputation. This just shows that people blindly believed what they were told without really thinking about it.
In the article "In Search of Identity in Cisneros 's The House on Mango Street” Maria Elena de Valdes describes Esperanza as “a young girl surrounded by examples of abused, defeated, worn-out women, but the woman she wants to be must be free’’ (de Valdes). Esperanza desires to be like the woman in the movies “with red red lips who is beautiful and cruel” (88). Esperanza witnesses the abuse of her female neighbors by their husbands and wants to become sexually independent, not subjugated by any man. Esperanza does not want to “grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain” (87). After dinner, Esperanza “leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate,” (89) revealing her aspiration to be strong and independent.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, blacks are simply oppressed due to the color of their skin. Pecola, hated for issues that she had absolutely no control over and could not adjust. Just like Cholly, some victims of powerful self-loathing turn out to be dangerous, violent, reproducing the same demon that has humiliated them over and over. In the text Feminism is for Everybody, Bell Hooks says “All white women in this nation know that whiteness is a privilege.”(55) Hooks references race in comparison to gender in the chapter called “Race and Gender”. Enlightened how white women may prefer to ignore that statement, nevertheless they are just in denial of its truth.