Stereotypes are characteristics shaped by society and every culture has its own gender roles. They all have expectations for the ways women and men act and Tolkien was surrounded with the expectation that women had to be the ones with domestic behavior and nurturing occupations. Men, on the other hand, were expected to be the kick ass hero of a damsel in distressed, characterized by their self confidence and bravery. It was just the social standard at the time and we cannot compare to ours. It is true that Lord of the Rings gives the active roles almost exclusively to males, but females had very important duties.
Throughout all of macbeth, gender roles are present in all of the halls of Macbeth's castle. It is extraordinary how William Shakespeare has molded and set examples of the male masculinity struggle and to uphold it, while on the other side how women must be treated as fragile birds. Shakespeare uses gender roles ironically to portray the complexity of the characters he has created. With all of human characters, the witches on their own face gender roles in the way of their appearances. Banquo speaks that “Banquo: Upon her skinny lips.
During the 16th century in which William Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream was written, all roles, even those of women, were performed by men since women were not allowed to act. During that period, there was superiority of men over women, the society had a patriarchal structure and women were restricted to the private sphere. Αll these features of this particular period, are potrayed throughout the play by conlficts that occur between individuals of the opposite sex. But, the writer implies that the play is not purely patriarchal considering the fact that the female characters in it strongly resist to the demands of the male ones. Not accidentally, the play is set in ancient Athens where, according to the Athenian law, a woman has to marry the one that her father picked for her.
These were the masculine and feminine concepts and ideas about how gender and gender-locked roles are perceived and seen even in Shakespeare 's work. Namely in "12th Night" as well as "Macbeth" we saw very significant characteristics to each gender and how one does "its requirement" and how gender has been molding. We find out in both parallels very similar but a bit different, how you can take up the genders characteristics and appear as one first as we saw with Viola acting as a man and winning over Olivia, and as well as Lady Macbeth completely shifting gears and being able to be seen with very strong dynamic
From Casting to Casting Away Gender: Cross-Gendering in Modern Shakespeare Performance The year 1660 marked an important juncture in the English theatre. Not only was monarchy restored in England but Charles II also allowed women to enter the stage. Thus, women replaced the young adolescent males who cross-dressed in order to portray the women characters in Shakespeare’s plays. Although, the cross-dressing motif might seem strange to some, this practice can be traced back to Ancient Greeks who did not allow women to enter the stage and therefore, men had to wear costumes and masks to represent women. Shakespearean critics, on the other hand, have been divided over the use of ‘cross-dressing’ in his plays.
Katherine and Bianca are opposites at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio and Katherine are very similar. Lucentio is overcome by love and is willing to debase his station in order to achieve it, like many other women and men in Shakespeare's plays. Despite the confining gender expectations and roles of his time, Shakespeare was aware and interested in what people of different genders could have in common. Shakespeare uses the differences and similarities in personality traits throughout Taming of the Shrew and the rest of his works to prove that men and women can have very similar and varying personalities.
Gender in Act III of Hamlet is something that’s super dependent on the time period, along with the traditional roles the characters play. Hamlet is set roughly around Shakespeare’s time, which was certainly a time before terms like “feminism” “equal rights” or “gender roles” were even thought of. However, in Hamlet, that’s not such a problem because women like Ophelia and Gertrude have a lot on their plate, whereas male characters like Hamlet, Claudius, and Polonius are also dealing with...well, a lot of issues too. Gender still plays a role in Act 3 however, with male characters like Polonius and Hamlet trying to make the best of power dynamics to control Ophelia and Gertrude. At the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1, Gertrude and Claudius receive Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Even when ignoring the context of the time period, Medea by Euripides is clearly a patriarchal story. This fact is evident at several major points in the play, and the theme of the roles of men and women is consistent throughout. Firstly, nobody seems to question Jason, Medea’s husband’s abandonment of her, it is a completely acceptable act. Both him and her king, Creon, casually and brutally push her aside, while also admitting they are frightened of her cleverness, due to the fact she is a woman. 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.
In the 1500-1600s women were not treated the same as men. Shakespeare portrays women a certain way to break the mold of what women were supposed to be. Women are seen standing up for themselves and being bold which was not supposed to happen. Even though Shakespeare was a bit of a revolutionary with the idea of women, the other characters in his plays still view women much like real people in his time. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Othello are similar in how women are viewed by other characters.
Anahi Banuelos Ms. Gongora - 1 English 12 03 March 2018 Othello Essay Throughout the story of Othello by Shakespeare, many critical lenses can be seen and applied.Feminist criticism is one that stands out the most. There were various male characters in the play, who show prejudicial, discriminatory attitudes toward women.There are only three women in Othello, Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca. The way that these three women are shown and represented is certainly linked to the ideological expectations of Shakespeare’s society and to the patriarchal society that he creates.Women All through the play are displayed as possessions,submissive and temptresses. An example of women being shown as possessions, is when the Duke hears out Othello and Brabantio, and finally decides to grant permission for Desdemona to go with Othello to Cyprus. Not ”To his conveyance I assign my wife Desdemona, as Othello’s wife, is treated as his possession” (Scene3 Page11).