This may also present to us that the women in this play are quite strong and independent despite the times this play is set in, Hermia's father Egeus treats Hermia as though she is his property and that she has no freedom of choice Egeus threats his daughter by death or to become a nun which shows some state of
Despite the fact that Jane lives with relatives, the Reeds choose to treat her as if she is but a pimple on the otherwise perfect complexion of their family, not just by ignoring her and leaving her in the nursery at all times, but by physically and psychologically abusing her. Cousins are often thought to be one of the closest familial bonds, nearly hitting par with siblinghood, yet Jane's cousins scorn her, mock her, and even beat her with no consequence from their mother. In fact, Jane's aunt simply piles onto the mass of mental
Comportment texts portrays women as submissive, virtue and moral individuals that since childhood were trained to absolutely obey their fathers and future husbands.However, this differs with the insight reality of medieval women. In the shipman's tale females convey the roles of materialistic and sexual object beings.Chaucer illustrate medieval women as ambitious individuals that seek equality in male homogeny society, and belong to high social status. In the Shipman's tale The wife represents a materialistic and unhappy wife with her husband ( the merchant). The wife is discontented with the the merchant due to his unwillingness to buy her expensive clothing and jewelry.So, She is manipulative and capable of doing anything for monetary gain.That is why her decision of sleeping with the monk that borrow her 100 francs to buy clothing.Chaucer at some point satirize the image of women in general for their attempts to gain power during Medieval times.The fact is that during the Middle Ages, Women were seeking social equality with men. Since women lived in a patriarchal society whose roles were to obtain absolute control over women, they had to slowly strike with the problematic of gender roles.
Antigone is very strong willed and stubborn, she holds to what she believes with an iron grip. This strong will is the cause for her rebellion against the power of the state and has caused her to even go against some of her own family in order to uphold her values and respect another side of her family. Antigone’s dedication to her brother ultimately ends in her death and the destruction of Creons rule, but this does not stand in her way of doing what she believes in her heart is right. This devotion to
When dissecting the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she admits that her husband is controlling and clearly states her dislike of his actions, but doesn’t do anything about it. Why do both women let their husband tell them what to do, no matter what negative effects will be a product of the decision that their husband made? A big part of their submissiveness has to do with gender roles during the time that the stories were written. All women before the late 20th century were expected to be submissive to their husband no matter what. They were asked to do things with their husband’s best interest in mind.
The horizon is a major symbol representing Janie’s lifelong search for happiness. Nanny did not approve of Janie’s ideal happiness. She was determined to force Janie to live the way she wanted her to; a way that Nanny never got to live. She wanted Janie to marry someone who would sit her on a pedestal and praise her. However, that is not what Janie fantasized.
Ismene, points out to Antigone, “Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men,” (Sophocles 646). Creon symbolizes strict male authority by making a decree that is disagreement with the gods and forbids the burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. However, Antigone decides she would rather please the gods than Creon; Sophocles reveals Antigone’s true nature of disobedience and devotion. She is fully aware of the consequences, but she still opens her arms to the penalties. She gives Creon no respect as a
Alice is considered a feminist heroine because she manages to break the rules from society, like getting married or being told what to do. She rejects the female expectations and becomes a strong, confident and independent woman. We can see that Alice is oppressed, for example, when dancing with Hamish, she is delighted by her “visions” and he told her to “keep her visions to herself” or “when in doubt remain silent”. Alice has an “inner voice” that asks her for freedom and liberation. What stereotypes can you identify in this version?
Yet I have to disagree with these statements because we see how Adeline’s reputation as a “fallen” woman is not the result of a shameful behavior but of her negation to conform to the norms and moral codes of the period. She is taking a stand for femininity and independence, as well as contesting the notion of the docile woman that conduct books so vehemently affirmed. Because of that Adeline has to endure the pain caused by society’s rejection, and to use Gary Kelly’s words “she is taken to be anything from naughty to vicious by other good characters”(1980: 200). Thus, we are lead to see Adeline’s virtuous character as irrelevant as long as she endorses in radical philosophies which guide women towards vice and immorality. But is her behavior in any way degenerate and leading others on “the path of sin?”(Opie, 1999: 240), or the real problem has to do more with the fact that, in a patriarchal society, Adeline professes her desires and dares to live with her lover outside the confines of
Nora’s feelings about Torvald’s attitude is evident in the quote from Nora and Torvald’s conversation ”I was your little songbird just as before- your doll whom henceforth you would take particular care to protect from the world because she was so weak and fragile.”(Pg. 102). The literary element is Personification since Nora is being compared to a type of bird as though Nora isn 't human. Nora’s husband also got really mad at Nora for getting money on her own through a loan with Torvalds signature forged by Nora. The childish feeling that Nora is experiencing is also supported by the fact that she can’t have her
As I would like to think Curleys wife is the loneliest and saddest character in the novel as she has no personality that of which we are told, she has no name which indicates that John Steinbeck would not like to see her as a free willed woman, she is Curleys property meaning she bears the title "Curleys wife" as she is dominated by him. Curley also demands that she is not to wander outside the house unless advised, she does in any case attempting to look for consideration and fondness, she gets away with this utilizing the reason that she 's attempting to find Curley. Her life is dictated by her husband and is demanded to not ever converse with the ranch hands nor allowed to think about them as he will find out. This reminds me how George dictates Lennie into not conversing with anybody unless George permits him, they both additionally rebel by conversing with the ranch hands making excuses to get away with it as they are both so lonely. This is the reason Lennie and Curleys wife are ideal for one another, they both draw out the outrage and love in one another as they are both in the same circumstance, for instance Lennie is mentally handy caped thus meaning if you were like Lennie back then you would be shunned and would only make society worse.
Women still now believe in a general sense that we are not free or independent, literally we are, but we are still constantly ostracized as well as discriminated against for the dumbest reasons. Still reaching for this goal all we want or ever wanted was independence which is why back then women were lashing out, or even just staying in their place so too not get in trouble with their controlling husbands. This example of the discrimination of women once again shows the independence desired of all who cannot have it, whether it would be women, blacks or
“I don 't want to make anybody else. I want to make myself” (Morrison 92). Sula longs to be an individual in a world which tells women they must find a husband to be whole. Even as a child, Sula knew she must create herself to gain the freedom she did not have as a Black woman. “Because each had discovered years before that they were neither white nor male, and that all freedom and triumph was forbidden to them, they had to set about creating something else” (Morrison 52).
For example, characters like Alphanso or Mr. _____ tend to follow the stereotypical male gender roles of being dominant, not doing house work and they are expected to beat their wives. Celie followed the gender roles of being submissive, taking care of children and doing all of the house work. However, it could be argued however that she never knew any different so she never thought to question it. With that being said, there are some characters in the book who reject the traditional gender roles and tend to take on what is normally expected of the other gender. For instance, Sofia is considered to be a strong and outspoken women, which today is normal, however at the time of which The Color Purple is set it was quite rare for a women to be considered stronger or more powerful than their male counterparts.