Throughout the Iliad, females have been and fought over but also respected. Even though the society is patriarchal, women are necessary. Female goddesses are treated as equals to gods, while mortal women are inferior to mortal men. There are many examples of the objectivity of women and women being used as war prizes. Chryseis and Briseis and both women held captive in the epic.
Venus is the planet in astrology that basically everyone and their grandmother loves. Everyone wants to know about their love life, about their soulmates, all that fun stuff. In mythology, Venus was known as the goddess of love, as it was her who taught seduction to mortals. Venus was extremely beautiful, flowers growing wherever she walked. Oftentimes, the goddess was self-indulgent, and at times she could be spiteful and bitter.
So the wise women fulfilled Gem’s wish and made her the most beautiful women in the village. A quote from the story that shows this is, “Word of her beauty quickly spread through the countryside, for there was no one as lovely as she”. (pg.657) Suddenly, the king’s soldiers came to the village and were commanding the people of the village to give the most beautiful women to them because the king was sick and needed to be healed. The soldiers said that they will need the hearts of the beautiful ladies to heal the king. I know this because in the text it states, “We regret to inform you that yin is most concentrated in the heart of a beautiful girl.
Even as a child, Psyche’s beauty rivals that of the most beautiful women of Ancient Greece - including a goddess known for her beauty. Despite almost never catching a glimpse of their princess, the people of Glome begin to worship her as Ungit, their culture’s Aphrodite. Psyche’s outward appearance stems from her inner purity. When a deadly illness spreads through the kingdom, the citizens call upon their goddess to heal them, and “Psyche went on, walking slowly and gravely, like a child going to say a lesson, right in among the foulness” (32). Despite being only mortal, and thus unable to miraculously heal her subjects, Psyche does her best to assist her kingdom.
Many female critics have looked towards The Wife of Bath as a feminist role model (Reisman) She wanted authority over her five husbands, “She’d been respectable throughout her life, with five churched husbands bringing joy and strife, Not counting other company in her youth;” (Chaucer, l. 459-461) In Othello, the society centered around the men having all the control over women except in their beds, which was when the women could take control. Othello uses his power to over Desdemona to mock her,“Ay, you did wish that I would make her turn. Sir, she can turn, and turn, and get go on, And turn again. And she can weep, sir, weep. And she’s obedient.- Proceed you in your tears.- Concerning this sir- O, well-painted passion!
Her action expresses that she is a clever woman. Moving on to the Queen Gertrude, she is also marked to show how nimble the author is in the way he builds character. As a queen of Denmark, Gertrude seems to be powerful during her dominance. However, she is a weak person that although living her whole life with a guy who killed her husband, she still does not justify his mysterious lie. Otherwise, Gertrude is always a good wife who unthinkably obeys her husband: “I shall obey you” (Act 3, sc 1).
Through Tita, Gertrudis, Mama Elena and other characters actions, it is shown that women do have a tremendous amount of power in regards to what they do. Such is shown through, feminism, gender role reversals and cultural symbols. Mama Elena displays traits of gender role reversals. Throughout the novel, Mama Elena is seen as a tyrannical figure, hindering her daughters’ lives and causing an inconvenience to those around her. However, no one seems to take into account the backstory that hangs over Mama Elena like a giant thundercloud.
Hagar is a beautiful women who lusts after Milkman. Her lusts and desires make her feel as if she needs him. When Milkman does not give Hagar what she wants she starts to feel like killing him so no one else can have what she so badly loves. The line from the Song in Solomon can connect to this in a way because it show how love is complicated and can be dangerous. Too much love can make you dangerous and too little of it can put you in danger.
She weeps for Odysseus nightly. Some criticize that she doesn't kick the suitors out of her home because she likes attention. However, she has been without her husband for so long while he has been entertained by goddesses. If she wanted a little attention, then that would not be such a horrible thing. Nevertheless, she remains steadfast in her faithfulness to her husband.
It is no secret that the mothers mentioned in the story Hamlet by Shakespeare and the Disney movie The Lion King are not the most important characters. However, these women have an important yet subtle influence on the plot and their sons. They give love to their offspring, whether unconditionally or occasionally. Queen Gertrude and Queen Sarabi have very blatant similarities, like their reigning status and their sons, but they also have strong differences, like how they react in unfavorable situations, and how they take care of their responsibilities. The most obvious similarity between the motherly figures of these tales is that both Queen Gertrude’s and Queen Sarabi’s husbands were mysteriously murdered, and then that they each remain the