In both The Female Bell-Cricket and This Powder Box, Nakamoto Takako and Uno Chiyo explore the notion of female sexuality as power. By asserting their sexuality, the female protagonists in both texts deliberately defy socially-prescribed female virtues of chastity and obedience. This ownership of their sexuality grants them power in their romantic relationships with men and liberates them from the submissive position that women are traditionally expected to be in. It is crucial to note, however, that the depicted ‘strength’ of the two female protagonists is ultimately a constructed façade; they are still tied down by society’s prescriptive ideals of femininity, and have their behavior propelled or influenced by their relationships with men.
There is no one true Beowulf. Each representation and translation of Beowulf tells its own unique story. Even though renditions are derived from the original Old English oral poem, altering minor details based on perception results in differing stories. In the Old English version of the poem that is side by side with Heaney’s translation, the original scribe describes Grendel’s mother as a “he” rather than using a feminine pronoun. Both Seamus Heaney’s translation and Robert Zemeckis’s depiction display versions of Grendel’s mother derived from the Old English version.
This can be shown, again, in Wonder Woman’s overly sexual appearance. Apart from its unsuitability for children, Wonder Woman’s sexuality also highlighted her traditional femininity, which balances out her strength, a traditionally male characteristic, in order for Wonder Woman to remain desirable (Finn 16). In addition, his idea of the powerful woman as guided by love is inherently a concept based on gender stereotypes
In The Robber Bride, there is also the transformation between masculinity and femininity, another form of identity being stereotyped. With Atwood’s pen, the male image is no longer as what the patriarchal society has defined as tenacious, ambitious, responsible, competitive and so forth, and female as well is not merely characterized a series of stereotyped
“Both novels deal with immorality in an ambiguous way and are disturbing because they do not communicate a clear moral purpose”. - With this view in mind, compare and contrast the ways in which the writers of The Turn of the Screw and Notes on a Scandal deal with the theme of immorality. ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (published 1998) and ‘Notes on a Scandal’ (published 2003), falls destitute to moral code, and the three women featured in the novels all have very little tribute to that, leaving an ambiguous immorality that communicates no real or clear moral purpose. The focal point of the three women’s’, as they descend into the selfishness of their own desires, is the consequences’ that are left behind – families devastated, children disturbed
Female characters propagate sex-positivity through their sexualization, and utilize it as a tool of shaping solidarity by eradicating the double standard concerned with male and female bodies (Pratl, 2009). Axel Alonso’s (2014) previous comments on the impossibility of “not sexualizing comic characters” are affirmed, as he mentions that not only physical ability and appearance take part in defining a character, but sex appeal as well. The argument that sexualizing female comic characters only leads to sexual objectification can only be countered by the cast of dynamic female characters the world of comics has to offer. Catwoman is an astute example of a multifaceted, well-rounded character that utilizes her sexuality to empower her and overthrow
The Great Gatsby, therefore depicts “the new social and sexual freedom” enjoyed by women through the lives of Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson who are “the focus [of both] romanticism and the moral indignation. They are symbols and are seen as objects which speak to the still unstable role of women in the society” (Fetterley
As we all know, there are different opinions on the character Curley’s wife from different perspective. Some people might say that Curley’s wife is nothing but a possession of Curley, following the fact that we know her as Curley’s wife instead of her real name. Other people might say that Curley’s wife is the main voice from Steinbeck, which expresses the concern of both racism and classism But the truth is women at this period of time in the society, in this case, Curley’s wife, have a dominant role of a housewife and don’t have any freedom when decision is made. She first appeared in the doorway of the bunkhouse, asking the location of her husband, which is later revealed that it is just an excuse to be able to interact with the ranchers.
Her overall worth to Sundiata’s success manifests out of her sexuality and ability to seduce to Soumaoro Kante to get the information she needs. Although this information is critical, the way it was received is problematic when discussing female agency and power throughout the epic. Nana Triban plays an important role as a necessity to the Empire’s success however her role is valued in terms of her body. In addition her bodily autonomy is diminished when she is taken as a slave wife and only regained her autonomy when she escaped with the help of a man, Balla Faseke. She is then only liberated when she passed the information on to another man, Sundiata and proves her loyalty to the empire.
She goads Macbeth and convinces him to murder King Duncan. During this period of time Lady Macbeth’s masculine traits are at their peak, as she states “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” (Act 1, Scene). This phrase is vital in Lady Macbeth’s character development as it emphasizes the masculinity that she portrays. As contemporary audiences are much more open minded about gender equality, are the dominance of Lady Macbeth in the relationship between her and Macbeth is not surprising.
In the movie Grendel 's mother’s tail was the first glimpse Beowulf got of her. Grendel 's mother seduces Beowulf and gets ahold of him (Zemeckis). This shows that Beowulf, and men are sometimes blind to what they see when it comes to women. The Zemeckis video was more powerful because it conveyed a message. In the text “Beowulf longed only for fame” (“from Beowulf” 48).
Despite being the only female on a ranch full of foul-mouthed men, Curley 's wife exploits both her sexuality and her status to demonstrate power throughout the novel. For instance, when first meeting Curley’s wife she attempts to enhance her body for the new men: “She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward” (31). From Curley’s wife’s actions we learn that since the beginning she finds it necessary to flaunt her body, instead of showing her real personality. Furthermore, she is using her physical attraction to portray an appearance that is automatically seducing in hopes of placing herself above the newly arriving men. After Crooks tells Curley’s wife to get out of the barn, she erupts
On of Beowulf’s other attributes were the bravery that he displayed. In Grendel, only recollections of Beowulf's missions are seen. Resulting in the reader not being able to actually read about beowulf’s mission, leading to not giving the reader a actual idea of how strongly he would be able to destroy his opponents. On the other hand, Beowulf's ego is demonstrated well in his poem named after himself, and the very detailed description made by the author when describing the horrific battle between beowulf and grendels mother. He is made out to be this strong brave man who can not be harmed in order to boost his appearance and ego.
Grendel’s story is not only from his perspective, but it also starts far before Beowulf enters the picture. Grendel does not even know of man’s existence before he encountered Hrothgar whom he starts to fear when he says “I knew I was dealing with no dull mechanical bull but with thinking creatures, pattern makers. The most dangerous things I’d ever met” (pg 27). His first encounter with these men left him wanting more. He spent most nights watching them in the shadows, trying to make sense of their actions.
There is a cause and effect to the many events you put yourself through, whether positive or negative it may affect your chances to a new beginning in the future. Outcast because of their ?physical appearance, Grendel and Beast create isolated lives for themselves; however, Beast recognizes the transformative impact of love, while Grendel gives in to his inner darkness. Grendel’s isolation is based on his genealogy and his resulting appearance; therefore, battling the challenge of being alone. According to Gardner’s, Grendel antecedents go back to Cain, the one considered as “brother-slayer.”