Antigone examines a difference between the behavior expected of women and the truth of their part in society. Creon believes that men are the lead characters in society and women to take a secondary and compliant part. Creon gives Antigone a harsher punishment simply because she is a woman. I trust Antigone is right on the grounds that not only is her demonstration courageous, but compassionate and tolerant. Above all, it is the proper thing to do, to pay admiration to the dead.
Minus becoming impure, Ophelia is left brokenhearted and distraught as Hamlet breaks his promises to her of marriage. This broken promise is also one of the stones that later drives her mad. So a reader may find it interesting that even in her state of madness she is able to communicate her heartbreak and touch down on topics most would never consider. While Ophelia does show some good examples of feminism, Queen Gertrude shows even more compelling evidence of feminist lens in the form of Gertrude holding the perfect image of a proper women. The reader can see the feminist lens in Gertrude through her love for her son and when she is always being overlooked by the men in her life.
“So Bisclavret was betrayed, / ruined by his own wife” (line 125-126, emphasis added). The addition of “own” emphasizes the [wrongness] of what his wife did not just because she did it but because she did it as his wife. Wives should be faithful to their husbands, and while Bisclavret’s wife did not have to stay with him (because he is, after all, a monster), she has promised herself to another man and stripped Bisclavret of his title, his lands, his humanity, his
The fact that Creon overruled the burial of Polynices did not stop Antigone in the slightest from pursuing what she believed was moral. Respecting her brother in the said afterlife was her mission and she was determined to follow through. Antigone explains: “ I will bury my brother; and if I die for it, what happiness? Convicted of reverence- I shall be content to lie beside a brother whom I love “ (Lines 60-63). Although her actions would defy the commands of her ruler, she follows through with the rebellion to achieve justice for her brother.
At the beginning of the story the Knight is lost to the idea of men and women being on equal ground, which is shown by his treatment towards the maiden. The King demonstrates his understanding of the balance of power between him and his Queen by letting her have control over the Knight’s fate. Towards the end of the story through his punishment set forth by the Queen, the Knight comes to realize the importance of the power of equality. During Arthurian times Knight’s lived by a code of chivalry, where they were expected to honor women and stand up for the weak. However, this “Lusty Liver” (59) lived by his own code and
She continues with the plan because she believes that her love for her family overrules the law. Ismene is more timid and obedient than Antigone. When Antigone was attempting to convince Ismene to help her bury their brother, she refused by saying it is too dangerous and that she doesn’t want to suffer the consequences. Ismene speaks her feelings to her sister, “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength to break the laws that were made for the public good” (Sophocles). This informs the reader that she doesn’t like to take risks and do ambitious things.
For example, in his letter to her, he calls her his "dearest partner of greatness" (1.5.11-12). Lady Macbeth seems to love her husband, too, as she wants her husband to have what has been promised to him. However, it also appears that she doesn't think too highly of him. She says, "Thou wouldst be great / Art not
Victims. Time and time again women have been victims of misogyny, commodification, and social obligation. Women are forced to squeeze into an idealistic mold and confrom to society’s standards. They have been stripped of their right to have a say in what is being done to them, and are sold off as property to their husbands who treat them as inferior. These husbands seem to have no regard for the opinion of their wives; as if being male brings superiority.
It is easy to see Medea as a betrayed wife and to forget that she is also vindictive and heartless. How do you see Medea? Euripides’s Medea explores the conflict between a demigoddess and the male patriarchy amidst a breakdown of marital vows. Medea can be easily perceived to be a victim of Jason and the male dominant society through the misogynism she suffers. Medea’s persuasive rhetoric, along with the complete support of The Chorus and The Nurse, positions the audience to align with her, having suffered “suffering’s worse”.
Desdemona’s identity as a loyal and faithful wife who belonged to a strong marital relationship with her husband consequentially transitioned to a seemingly unfaithful and deceiving whore. In a different manner, WNTTAK highlights this concept through juxtaposition. Eva develops a strong and understanding relationship with her daughter Celia compared to her distant and rocky relationship with Kevin. This is supported through the stark contrast between the two children’s birth which