William Shakespeare disseminates various ideas of gender normalities of the Renaissance Era through his play, Taming of the Shrew. Throughout the play, Shakespeare provides archetypes of men and women that reveal the stereotypes of this time period. Furthermore, Shakespeare also displays the relationships between men and women that are expected of this time period. This era meant that women were submissive to men, and men were certainly the dominant gender. Shakespeare identifies in his play that if individuals are to waver from these gender expectations, they would be defying social norms and reaping the consequences of their defiant actions.
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables. However, if transcending female expectations was used as a weapon than for good, is it still considered an act of femininity? Of course not!
Alice walker in her novels portrays the world view of women and their worthy roles, as mother, sister, daughter, wife and beloved. She leaves the message that the valuable bond between men and women is possible only through the choice of freedom, desire and respect for each other’s individuality. She also believes the dominance of male is not good for any society. The present paper shows this view of the Alice Walker with a focus on the novel ‘The Color Purple.’ Key words: victimization, male
Brooke Ranson Mr. Ritchey British Literature 15 November 2014 Gender Roles in Macbeth William Shakespeare’s writing style often reflects the stereotypes of men and women’s various roles and authorities in society, as well as how they interpret the authentic challenges those representations face. Shakespeare utilizes gender roles in the story of Macbeth to capture the audience 's attention to society’s stereotype discriminations. He does this solely through Macbeth’s complicated and rather ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth. She is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and terrifying female characters. The important character is written to defeat the stereotypes that women are only to be known compassionate and nurturers.
Austen extends her critique by highlighting social hypocrisy through ; she often creates an ironic tone through collateral speech in which the feelings and words of the characters mix with the echoes of the narrator. Austen focuses on gender roles, and highlights the lack autonomous movement a women had in nineteenth century England. Austen wrote, Pride and Prejudice, anonymously in the eighteenth century England in order to combat to combat sexism and prejudice. Women were a victim of gender and socio- economic gender considerations . Also, England favored men and provided them with the opportunity to be educated, and women on the other hand, were expected to be docile and subservient.
The feminist theory in literature is criticism in the feminist view. It uses feminist ideas to critique literature regardless if the literature itself is based off of expectations that favor men and their perspective, if it portrays women in a bad way due to a systematic sexism, or if the literature crafts female characters as independent women to counteract the way they are usually written in a patriarchal society. In The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, she creates a story that portrays the main character, Lise as an independent woman, who orchestrates her own death. Although the death of a strong female can acts as a criteria of patriarchal influenced novels, Spark counteracts this by making Lise a character who is outspoken and strong minded,
It lacks a theory regarding what female oppression’s deeper mechanisms consists of- and that is something other directions tries to answer . That is the main critique against this theory but there are other aspects of critique also. Some of the critique is aimed at the idea that women have the same capacity for reason as men, the critique against this warns for an uncritical acceptance of a view of reason that actually degrades women. Another point of critique is that liberal feminism is possible because it looks away from the importance of social standing and from women’s material conditions. A third point of critique is the that liberal feminism, at least in its abstract form, discards from sexualities importance for power configuration between the sexes
Fitzgerald creates females that are subjected to constant inferiority in his novel, rather than giving them more original characteristics. If society were more accepting towards independent women, there would have been a possibility for deeper characterization in Fitzgerald’s novel, with more enriched complexities rooted in the plot without the shackles of patriarchal
It is often the case that authors use ideas in novels as a lens through which they comment on the nature of society. Margaret Atwood cleverly does so by creating a dystopian setting, Gilead for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Themes such as extreme gender roles, theocratic society and forms of control lead us as readers to question our own society’s views, structure, and ideals and draw parallels between Atwood’s dystopian society and elements of our own. In Gilead, low fertility rates caused gender roles, a theme which arises from the book, to be taken to the extreme in society. Men make the decisions, who are able to both make and break the rules.
In the novel, women are viewed as both manipulative and inferior. Further, not only is Grace seen by the men in the novel as a cunning temptress, but additionally she is saved from the noose due to the lack of wits associated with her gender. Unlike her partner in crime, James McDermott, this corrupt system regards Grace as not clever enough to be responsible for the double-murder. Ultimately, Atwood incorporates this corrupt system in the novel and illuminates its complexity by having it both condemn and spare