Sociologically speaking, gender is a social construct that we are so accustomed to that we rarely speak up about the injustices women face. Throughout the drama, gender plays a key role in the development of the story. Lorraine Hansberry purposefully incorporated empowered men and women both fighting to be heard and understood, while maintaining their masculinity or femininity. This was done to create the dynamic that gender does make a significant impact on lives and how we choose to live. Hansberry explores the issues relevant in the early 60’s such as abortion, the importance of marriage and the altering of gender roles.
In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the use of multiple literary devices makes the play interesting. Dramatic irony, which is when the audience knows more than the characters, occurs numerous times throughout the play and grabs the attention of the audience. Soliloquies, which are lengthy speeches by a character to project their thoughts and emotions to the audience, this allows the audience to be more attentive. Allusions are references by characters to well-known places, events from myths or other literature that cause the audience to be absorbed into the play. After reading this marvelous play, it is obvious that Shakespeare uses dramatic irony, allusions, and soliloquies all written in blank verse to grasp the undivided attention of the audience.
Throughout the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many metaphors and examples about gender and traditional gender roles to show us how the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, change throughout the piece and become different people. At the beginning of the play, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have many characteristics that are usually associated with the opposite gender. Shakespeare creates these gender roles to show how the characters change many of their behaviors when they are confronted with stress and power. He specifically picks these roles based on how he wants to portray these character’s views and how he wants them to fit to a common gender guideline for that era. He uses other ideas to help convey this theme of change in the
The author of the play, Shakespeare, must have thought that the idea of manhood was very important. In every act of the play there is at least one instance where manhood is brought to the attention of the audience. From the play, Macbeth, there are many different themes of masculinity and manhood. To begin, in Act I of the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth called into question Macbeth’s manhood. When conspiring against the King, Macbeth tells his wife that he does not want to kill the King anymore.
“Balance is the Key” In the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, the gender of a character determines many things in his/her life. There is a lack of balance between the masculine voice and the feminine voice in the time period the play was written in, giving women the rough end of the stick. However, one of the messages Shakespeare conveys throughout the entire book is that if feminine values are kept in mind, balance between the Polis and the Green world can be achieved much easier. The statement that Shakespeare makes about the flaws in a male dominated society is shown by comparing when women’s voices are suppressed to when women stand up for themselves and in doing so, bring balance between the masculine and the
Sexism in Hamlet Today’s society sees many of Shakespeare’s works as beautiful and poetic. The sonnets, plays, stories, anecdotes, and almost every piece of his are seen as remarkable. They seem remarkable yet, they all have something in common. All his works contain sexism, primarily towards women. Sexism is obscenely visible in his very own, Hamlet.
Many of Marie De France’s pieces show great romances and hardships, and a battle of power mixed with stereotypical male and female relations of this time. Power has a vital part in how it affects the characters within the text and the audience that reads it. Specifically, Marie De France’s “Chevrefoil (The Honeysuckle)” where power is one of the main social constructions, working along with gender to follow the story of Tristan and the king’s wife being powerless against the king. Gender roles of this time period were important in how power was addressed as men typically had power over women, but also of those younger than themselves. “Chevrefoil” has a lot of power struggles where the wife wishes to be with a younger man whom she loves, however,
Throughout literature a character’s gender has played a major part in their role of the story. These gender-specific stereotypes exist throughout literature going as far back as The Iliad to more modern literature such as Harry Potter. There are always characters that don’t follow what society deems as their role and these types of characters tend to influence the story in a greater way. Inside The Iliad and Harry Potter there exist ideal male roles, female roles, and characters that don’t follow the normal roles of society. Both stories have their own definitions of what roles are suitable for each gender and in a way reflect the change in how the real world society views these roles over time.
Throughout the play A Streetcar Named Desire, author Tennessee Williams relies heavily on gender roles and societal expectations during that time period. Tennessee Williams uses this technique not only in this play, but also across most of his other works. The societal expectations and stereotypes of each gender play a big role in the characterization of the characters in Williams’ works. The objective of this essay is to further examine the stereotypical gender roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and how they build the characterization of Blanche, Stella, and Stanley. Gender roles and stereotypes have existed since the beginning of time and more likely than not will continue to exist in the future.
This play consists of a lot many themes. To cite a few: Rewriting the tale of Cinderella and Sleeping beauty, Class, language and phonetics and Independence. But in this paper, I would like to work on the feminist aspect of this play for this aspect, is the one which impressed me more. As this paper is based on Gender analysis I am restricting my analysis to the theme of Feminism in this play. To begin with, George Bernard Shaw was an early and outspoken advocate for the rights of women, and as a playwright he created some of the most distinctive women characters of his day.