A Modern View of Feminist Criticism William Shakespeare 's "Othello” can be analyzed from a feminist perspective.This criticism focuses on relationships between genders, like the patterns of thoughts, behavior, values, enfranchisement, and power in relations between and within sexes. A feminist examination of the play enables us to judge the distinctive social esteems and status of women and proposes that the male-female power connections that become an integral factor in scenes of Othello impact its comprehension. I believe that the critical lens that provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature is Feminist Criticism because it analyzes distrust and disloyalty among relationships, women being treated as possessions
If you don't fight, you are a coward. If you cry, you are weak. If you start to tease the child, you teach yourself that it is all right to devalue others. These are the problems that create stereotypes of masculinity and this can be shown in the play Macbeth and today. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare suggests that even though men and society have progressed in one's idea of a man during the 1600’s, society has not really progressed because society's modern stereotypes of masculinity as it relates to violence, emotions, and attitudes towards women.
INTRO - "An Act of Vengeance" by Isabel Allende is a latin-american piece of literature. - According to feminists critics, literature adapted to this patriarchal society we have, and the feminist author, Isabel Allende, has exposed how men and women are in the society through her characters Dulce Rosa Orellano and Tadeo Cespedes. - The feminism theory is the outgrowth of the general movement to empower women worldwide. It recognizes and critiques male supremacy combined with the efforts to change this patriarchic view. - The goals of feminism is to show the importance of women and to bring gender equity.
Macbeth’s destructive choices propelled the action forward because he was strongly influenced by the manipulations of others around him causing in self destruction. William shakespeare’s restrained play, Macbeth, reveals manipulating forces within relationships through its complex characters and plot interactions. In the beginning of the play, the power of manipulating forces within relationships is revealed when the witches introduce Macbeth with prophecies that give him hope of becoming a greatly empowered man. As the play continues and the plot becomes more complicated, the theme is further developed when Lady Macbeth seduces Macbeth into thinking he has to prove his manhood to her. As the play comes to a close, possession within relationships is refined when Macbeth no longer needs the influence of others, he has become berserk in the commitment to do what he has to do in order to become a forceful
In the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, many of the characters relentlessly pursue their goals in the face of illogical decisions, and, while fictional items such as the “love-in-idleness” flower are used to explain the character’s sudden love for each other, the play does illustrate how love and ambition can lead to unforeseen consequences. For example, when Puck accidently anointed Lysander’s eyes with the “love-in-idleness” juice, he started a chain of events leading to Lysander and Demetrius fighting over Helena while Hermia is treated as though she is worthless. Moreover, at one point, Lysander and Demetrius even threatened to duel each other when Lysander awoke after being anointed with the flower 's juice and said, "Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word is that vile name to perish on my sword" (61). This shows how the character’s love for certain other characters, and their ambition to pursue said love, can lead to the destruction of previous relationships and lead them to make dangerous decisions.
The second soliloquy of the play depicts Hamlet as a frustrated and paranoid character. Reader may recognise Hamlet’s duplicitous conscience as he expresses his awareness and questions the ghost’s statement. In order to solve the bewilderment, Hamlet concludes that he will pretend to be mad as readers may find it cunning when he vows, “the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”. Hamlet’s commitment to observe the king serves as a suggestion that Hamlet is indeed a deceitful character that ought to justify his father’s death through the use of deceptive scrutiny that underlines an important theme of the
I am explaining this through showing that men were not expected to love their wives. The feminist lens provide modern society with the most compelling view of literature because men don’t trust women, men think women are cheaters and whores, and women don 't have a voice. First and foremost, men don’t trust women. Illustrates how the feminist perspective is the best lens to new modern literature in his play “Othello”, when shakespeare articulates through brabantio in Act 1, as he speaks to duke that “She has been fooled, stolen from me, and corrupted by spells and medicines bought from cheating salesmen. She is not mentally impaired, blind or
In fact, both women help to form the concept of masculinity for the two characters as they insult and push their male counterparts to commit. Titus’s characterization as the masculine authority of Rome, in a sense, would not exist without Tamora’s urging and provoking him to retaliate against her actions. Titus was strongly opposed to the idea of revenge and it was not until Tamora instilled fear and anxiety through the organization of Lavinia’s rape and mutilation that Titus began to practice revengeful tactics. Throughout the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is traditionally noted for acting as the more “masculine” character; while Macbeth’s meek and cautious qualities define him as
“Pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.” In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Macbeth experience pressure from his surroundings. Pressure can lead a person in either the right or wrong direction. Futhermore it can also take away the consistent thought of one’s mind to jeopardize themselves or others. Macbeth’s wife and the witches encouraged him to be woeful. From reading this drama, some people can infer that Lady Macbeth supports her husband’s injurious scheme to kill King Duncan and the witches made Macbeth feel arrogant about himself.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.
Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play is manipulative, most of the times she manipulates her husband into doing either what she wants or what she thinks he should do. For example, when Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan anymore, Lady Macbeth convinces him by saying “from this time such I account thy love. Art thou afeared to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire? (I.vii line 38-41). Besides, the audience see Lady Macbeths is influencing her husband’s feelings by she is using her love as a weapon because she is saying do it or I will not love you.
Social concerns undergo metamorphosis in their portrayal, according to the composers various contextual influences. ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was a play written by Shakespeare in the Elizabethan era where men were considered to be superior to women. This patriarchal society heavily influenced Shakespeare’s play, as it reflected the traditional values of the Elizabethan era. In contrast, the 20th century had drastically changed, with the first and second waves of feminism, which helped to remove inequalities and gender expectations. However Junger, the director of ‘10 Thing I Hate About You’ has kept the basis of the film based on Shakespeare’s play.
The drama is able to advice readers more or less with the meaning of gender, love, and fate, and it will provide examples of how our society is today. Furthermore, our protagonist, Romeo, masculinity is questioned throughout the play. For example: Romeo fears that his love for Juliet softened him, “Thy beauty hath made me effeminate/And in my temper soften’d valour’s steel” (Shakespeare 111.i.). Secondly, Laurence impute guilt against Romeo of being “unseemly woman in a seemly man” and verbalize that his tears are “womanish” (Shakespeare 111.iii.). Another example, is Mercutio, he enjoys fencing, quarreling, and joking.
Similarly in Act two of The Taming of the Shrew, it can be compared that Bianca’s suitors are bidding for her as though an item up for auction. This in modern times is degrading, but in Shakespearean time this was commonplace for such a mentality. Shakespeare places a lot of emphasis on this event by taking it to an extreme level it compels one to believe he is objecting to this practice, disguising his objections with elements of comedy
By planting the idea into Othello 's mind that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with his lieutenant, Iago transforms the once rational Othello into a creature. Through this, the audience learns that it is not Iago 's actions, but rather his words that enabled the monster that is jealousy to be unleashed within Othello. Through his subtle suggestions of “Desdemona should not be trusted”, since she has 'deceived her father ', Iago encourages the on-start of jealousy within Othello. The dangers of the spoken word is further shown through Iago 's manipulation of Othello. Throughout the play, Iago doesn 't show much action but instead he is a character known