Shakespeare’s play celebrates Kates wit and fiery spirit even while reveling in her humiliation. The play can be used as an example for the views of marriage in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the play could be sued as an example of what a wife was supposed to be like. Gossipy wives in the sixteenth and seventeenth century were to be submissive and were not to undermine the authority of their husband. The Taming of the Shrew emphasized, to the women of that time, that they would always end up being a submissive and dependent wife. On the other hand 10 Things I hate about you is more focused on the ideas of individualism, dating, and trust.
This is because he uses her to both display the roles of woman and how Hermia simultaneously opposes and displays the expectations at the time. Hermia neglects the notion that women should obey the men in their lives because she refuses to follow the wishes of her father, Egeus. As mentioned previously Egeus wishes for Hermia to marry Demetrius, but seeing as Hermia does not love him, she refuses to marry him. Ironically, Shakespeare also uses Hermia’s character to display the ways in
Given the invisible roles in society, seditious women stand shrill in distinction to their obedient sisters. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is the personification of femininity. She obeys with the system that shields her and flourishes within its walls. In opposition, Gertrude stands in a hitting difference to Ophelia. She is adversative to these “standards” of femininity.
Though her motives may be selfish, her flaws give a sense of character that is far more realistic and relatable to most women. She is filled with sadness, envy, and desire, emotions that reflect all women in society. Obsessed with her fading looks, she strives to be the most beautiful women living and would do anything to get there. Her fears are similar to most aging woman and though she may have gone too far with the poison apple, her motives are not unrelatable. Aside from her deviant goals, her intelligence and perceptiveness is a force that grants her power.
The saying goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman,” and, in some medieval romances, that great woman is scheming for her own benefit (and either for or contrary to that of the man’s). Feminine honor is tied to being a good wife, which means being sexually faithful to and obeying. In Bisclavret by Marie de France, Bisclavret’s wife betrays him both by taking away his humanity and by taking a lover, and for that, she is disfigured as her punishment. The inverse occurs in The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle: Ragnelle, disfigured by her stepmother, manipulates both Arthur and Gawain to secure her marriage with Gawain, and she is rewarded with beauty. These women are ultimately judged not by their manipulative actions but how
Women during Edna’s time were supposed to be dedicated to their husbands and children, however, Edna yearned for her own independence, and as a result of wanting her own independence Edna knew that she was seen as a terrible person. For instance Edna wanted to “…try to determine what character of a woman I am; for, candidly, I don't know. By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex. But some way I can't convince myself that I am. I must think about it" (27.4).
Antigone scorns Creon at the beginning of the play during questioning by back-talking and arrogantly answering Creon. She often challenges his intelligence with tricky, wordy responses. Antigone also pleads her case by proclaiming to Creon that she was entitled to bury Polyneices ( Sophocles 980-984, 1-115 ). The justification of Antigone’s entitlement can be left to one's discretion ,but Antigone still felt a sense of entitlement. Antigone may seem distent because of the time the work is set in, but she mirrors the personalities of Americans throughout time almost
It is apparent that to some extent, Medea like all other women, are mere fodder of the patriarchal society in Corinth. Medea’s intelligent and cunning manipulation of words to her advantage successfully arouses the empathy from the Nurse, The Chorus and the audience. Euripides proves that Medea is much more than a ‘betrayed wife’, and shows that despite the injustices she faces, she is a capable, iconoclastic and independent individual. As a consequence of Medea’s heinous and immoral acts the audience is constantly reaffirmed of her callosity. Ultimately, Medea explores the notion that when an individual is forced to absolute desperation, their last resort of gaining attention is to commit an abominable act of violence.
Suffocating Female Power Women have historically always been treated as second class citizens in the male dominated world of William Shakespeare’s Othello. Women have begun fighting for a fair egalitarian society, but it has been met with resistance from men. This is portrayed when the women in the play started to realize the power they possessed, but continued to get mistreated. The women were forced to give the men their undivided attention and support, and when the men would not take responsibility for their actions or were threatened by the actions of the females they would demonize the women. This play showed a continuing struggle for equality between the two sexes.
In Romeo and Juliet, societal beliefs in the Elizabethan era concerning gender roles are inaccurate due to the numerous paradoxes within those views, and conflicting character traits that label a character ‘female’ or ‘male’. For one, women were viewed as very sexual beings, who were irrational and immoral as they were supposedly easily seduced. Yet, it is women who were suppose to be virgins before marriage, and viewed ‘dirty’ by people if she was not. Men, in contrast, were perceived as rational and virtuous and made of goodwill. Due to this, women were often seen as ‘threatening’ to men.