Well observed in our reality as well, this phenomenon has to do with trying to force a certain individual into a stereotype which in the long term might result in this person subconsciously “living up” to those statements i.e. they will gradually start behaving the way their peers falsely perceived or accused them of doing. This is also indicative of the indisputable presence of sexism in Salem. Even after John Proctor confesses about his sin in act III, this only adds to Abigail’s loathsome personality. Seventeen centuries later, the female part of the society still bears the heavy weight of the original sin.
When he does not get the position he wants and also heard that Othello has been sleeping with his wife Emilia, Iago’s manipulation increases. Iago plans his scheme based on, “[Othello] has done my office, I know not if’t be true/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind/ Will do as if for surety” (I. III. 431-433). This use of manipulation is all based on an assumption that Othello has slept with Iago’s wife, and this assumption leads to even more horrible events. Iago also manipulates Othello with jealousy.
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell” as these reference the unmoral parts of her life suggesting her disturbed nature could be because of her lack of sanity as she hallucinates the blood on her hands. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as disturbed because she subverts the ideas of religion and the supernatural which were contradictory during the Jacobean era. Rather than fulfilling the audience’s expectations that religion and the supernatural are contradictory, she conjures the idea that they are similar as she says, “look like th’innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.” The auxiliary verb “be” is quite disturbing because she is demanding Macbeth to be a certain way showing her rebellion against stereotypes as women had to obey their husbands. Shakespeare could have been doing this to present her as an outcast, disturbing the audience. Also, the personification of “flower” shows her manipulating him to have a facade of morality but deep down know he is the serpent, presenting her as disturbed because she is seduced by power and uses the worst of people to her advantage.
Brooks Bouson argues in book Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood “challenges the privileging of masculinity as the site of power and knowledge.”(52) This knowledge which empowers its owners to rape nature is evil, as the narrator puts it: “if I’d turned out like the others with power I would have been evil” ( p.33). Surfacing takes woman to the next level, examining woman as other and the harmful social ramifications that results in designating herself a weaker sex. The novel also contemplates dialectical ecofeminism, which argues that to subvert dominance is to deny essentialism. Finally, the novel posulates the women link with nature is not materialistic link but rather of a caretaker and recognisation that human fate is bound to earth. The novel examines some of the founding themes upon which ecofeminist rhetoric still growing on, this analysis sheds light on Atwood’s as an ecofeminist thinker and helps elucidate literature’s contribution to the burgeoning and continuation of this
Gertrude is portrayed as a villain in Hamlet’s eyes while Ophelia, a mere bystander, often faces the backlash of Hamlet’s judgement of Gertrude. The dark light Hamlet shines on Gertrude is reflected onto Ophelia. This brings enough darkness into her life to eventually diminish what little light was left inside of her. By analyzing Hamlet’s opinions about Gertrude’s hasty marriage, betrayal of the late King Hamlet, and sexual relationship with Claudius it becomes evident that these opinions develop into Hamlet’s limited understanding of women and the ultimate cause of Ophelia’s
Lady Macbeth descends into insanity caused by lack of sleep and guilt. Using Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare supports his time period’s ideals of keeping women only in submissive roles. Shakespeare also allows the witches to possess a large amount of power, and these witches similar to Lady Macbeth use their power for corruption and destruction. The witches, “should be women, /And yet [their] beards forbid” that conclusion and betray their overruling masculine qualities and lack of feminine
While Medea is set in a male-dominated society, there are still several inconstancies and gaps, which enrich the play and make it unconventional and uncomfortable for conservative audiences. The most obvious example is the fact that Medea kills her own children, a deeply unfeminine and unmotherly act, a complete rebellion on the society. A more subtle form of non-conformity is exemplified by Medea’s inconsistency when obliging to her husband and her king. Euripides’ use of contradiction and non-conformity within the play reveal that it is a story of empowerment to women. He subtly and obviously tells this story throughout the play, specifically using Medea’s actions and her relationships with other characters as platforms to get his message across.
Love can be an effective medication. That might be the motivation behind why it is so difficult to detect a harmful relationship. Most leave at the primary indication of mishandle, however others stay, and the outcome is a formula for devastation. The subject of pulverization cherish inside relational connections in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Bronte's Wuthering Heights is displayed through sexism, control, and disloyalty. In Macbeth, one of the primary fights the audience of people sees is Lady Macbeth's control over Macbeth, "Woman Macbeth's depiction starts with the capable components of her yearning and fruitful plotting of Duncan's end, powerful expository control of her better half to 'take care of business' and make a move" (Thomas 82).
Therefore, she is punished as a scapegoat of the novel and while Gatsby rises in the eyes of the readers in the end of the novel, Daisy falls. From the feminist point of view, female characters in Fitzgerald fiction are punished because they are stepping outside of their and entering the male sphere. To show their role in the man’s world, they are dehumanised and presented like symbols, which in the end might be interpreted as that they are important as much as men give them importance. The ultimate dehumanization of female characters in Gatsby is seen in their embodiment of the American Dream. Female characters are dehumanized because they are used as of men’s desire, men’s world and men’s Dream.
(Ch 5, pg. 87) Lucy is illustrated as someone who is continuously driven by sexual temptations and flirtatiousness. Stoker puts emphasis on her beauty, which is what grabs the attention of men. Lucy ends up getting killed because her sexual openness was seen as a threat to Victorian society. Stoker uses a character like Lucy in his novel to portray that sexually assertive women who try and use their beauty to win over men will not make it in the Victorian culture.