Spargo mentioned that he used it on Ismene’s character. He stated that “Sophocles created Ismene as a typical emotional female character when Antigone disobeyed the state laws” (Spargo, 117). He also argued that she was a figure of social action for feminism. He explained that her character’s ambition and pride is an example of the social function of her character. He also argued that it was because of her father is why she wanted to do what she did (Spargo, 117).
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
Every aspect of society works not only to gain control over those of low social standing, but also show a significantly great amount of prejudice against women. In this way, the societies enforce their patriarchy onto its citizens, allowing modern time readers to draw contrasts between their own societies and the ones in the novels that oppose ideas of freedom through indoctrination, using education as a form of empowerment and violence to evoke fear. Men are only regarded the monarchs of society once women have been demeaned. This is evidenced through Attwood’s use of animalistic language to display the false power the Commander holds over Offred. Upon their first meeting, Offred states that she thought ‘he might be toying, some cat-and-mouse routine, but now [she] thinks that his motives and desires weren’t obvious even to him’.
The tremendous differences between the characters Antigone and Creon contributed to the development of Creon as a tragic hero. Two areas of conflict revolve around their differing opinions on men and woman, and God and man. Their opposing views shaped Creon into a tragic hero. Creon and Antigone held differing beliefs concerning the rights of women. Antigone believed that women were equal or superior to men, while Creon believed women were inferior to men.
There’s a power balance between the three men and the two women in The Reeve's Tale that is influenced by patriarchal values. The author limits actions performed by female characters to carry stereotypical assumptions of gender expectations. If you examine closely, the miller's wife is unnamed purposefully because she is considered untrustworthy and invaluable to Symkyn. Also, any credibility that is given to a female, has to have a man present to accept those responsibilities. This formulates that women cannot exist without having some type of man to establish their credibility.
Throughout collection two there are many evident examples of stereotypical gender roles being broken. The Wife of Bath’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, Mallam Sile by Mohammed Naseehu Ali, and The Men We Carry in Our Minds by Scott Russell Sanders are all great examples. There is no doubt that men and women have broken many traditional stereotypes. Understanding the opposite sex, however, has always been a struggle because of generalizations people make about certain individuals that do not always apply to others.These generalizations prevent people from understanding the opposing sex. In The Wife of Bath’s Tale, the knight is sent to find out what it is that women desire most.
Consequently, a war breaks out and takes Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth is considered a tragic hero because of his excessive pride, reversal of fate when Fleance escapes, and his tragic flaw ambition. Macbeth is a tragic hero because of his excessive pride. This can be seen in Act III Scene IV when Macbeth says, “Ourself will mingle with society, And play the humble host.” This quote shows that he is prideful in himself now since he is King that he has to “mingle with society.” His thinking now is that “I am better than everyone so I should not have to host but me and my wife will host and mingle with you lower people.” Another time when this can be seen is in Act IV Scene I when the second apparition says, “Be bloody, bold,
The home became the woman’s domain with the female as the center of morality for the family. Domestic ideology emphasized virtue and purity and women were above feeling sexual desire. The woman’s job was to keep the men in the family morally pure. Women worried about their men being led astray by immoral women. In a letter to her brother Lealand, Amy Galusha wrote she was worried about him becoming attracted to a “fancy woman” who would lead him astray thus ruining his life (Antebellum Women, pg 119).
And we can pick Caliban out and make a deep emphasis on him. Here are some lines from The Tempest. Caliban: "...When thou cam'st first, Thou strok'st me, and made much of me... And then I loved thee, And showed thee all the qualities o'th'isle..." When Prospero first arrived at the island, Caliban seemed like a kind person, or monster. But later on you would find the true side of him. After he humiliated the daughter of his benefactor, Miranda said the words below: "When thou didst not, savage, Know thine own meaning...
Women’s writings before Woolf, were timid and mostly fearful from true expression of thought and emotion, fearing male dominance; they were disabled and unable to attain their true potential and express themselves the truth outwardly. For Virginia Woolf, women writers are the key to incinerating such male patriarchal thought and recreate history through a female perspective. Confronting the imperialistic set up of the English Society proves to be difficult but shows women often failing but still continuing to challenge and seeking an outlet of expression.Woolf’s communicates such trials in subtle manners through her work, pointing out that Women’s Oppression through the times, like mentioned earlier, is deeply rooted in Social, Political, Economic spheres of a society. Hence, we can say Mrs. Dalloway, can be seen as a novel of projecting oppression, seclusion and isolation, Privacy of one’s own both in Body and Mind, creation of one’s Identity which could be either of the characters present in the novel or of the writers
This act is symbolized to have the male audience concede the point that women do have undeniable plights that must be addressed with equality. Euripides writing is far more controversial than it needed to be if he just wanted to win the Athenian
The famous feminist, Gloria Steinem, once said,”Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.” This central idea of equality is relevant to the story Antigone by Sophocles. Considering the circumstances of the story, the minor character, Ismene, is conflicted with standing by the beliefs that men are overall rulers and powerful over women. Ismene’s emotions and mood fluctuates through the story in a horrible manner. To tragedy unto despair is a major theme in Sophocles most famous tragedy, Antigone. On the outskirts of Thebes, Ismene, daughter of Oedipus whom was the king of Thebes, has just heard the decree that she and Ismene’s sister, Antigone, cannot bury their brother, Polyneices, by the law of King Creon.
(Atwood 72). Our society today makes many women feel like they are at fault when sexually assaulted. Whether its intoxication, risqué attire or innocent flirting, women are always blamed for men’s inability to keep it in their pants- just as Janine is blamed for being gang-raped. Society has made women fear things they shouldn’t have to fear because of the expectation that men want to have sex. In a male-controlled society penetration becomes the norm.