Another prominent broad subject of mockery throughout the play is women. Specifically, Wilde jokes on the supposed “morals” that women claim to have and their tendency to be easily deceived and manipulated. For example, women’s principles during this time states that they were supposed to have religious motivation for their courtships. However, both Gwendolyn and Cecily only wanted to marry their man if his name was Ernest. This comical situation demolishes the morals that women claimed to have in their relationships and expressed that as shallow, clueless, and untrue to their word.
Ophelia and Hamlet were in love which in turn made it burdensome for her to forgive him for killing her father. Similarly to Hamlet, Ophelia went “mad” when her father was killed. Specifically, Gertrude said, “Her clothes spread wide, And, mermaid-like awhile they bore her up, Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds, As one incapable of her own distress Or like a creature native and endued Unto that element” (Hamlet 4.7.172-175). Ophelia had to be bored up because she couldn’t handle the distress that she was feeling. Ophelia’s madness was easily seen with her actions and appearance.
However, nothing seemed to stop the inexorable march of the men. Only when she reached the door, did Lady Macbeth become aware of the jumble of whispers in a slow chant. “Treachery, treachery, death, death, death.” Stricken with fear and terror, Lady Macbeth screeched at the marching men, children and women - a loud shrill that echoed throughout the castle. “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!” She screamed over and over again.
The continual questioning reflects that of a grueling and in part contributes to Ophelia’s later madness. Kenneth Brannagh has said that his interpretation of “Hamlet” suggests that Hamlet is aware of either Polonius and Claudius and Hamlet’s continual repetition of “Get thee to a nunnery” emphasizes his beliefs in all women being morally corrupt. Possibly, Hamlet betrays Ophelia because he ultimately loves her. He is aware of men being “arrant knaves” and as such may be
However, Katherina Minola is a character that drastically changes from a unruly, violent women to a loyal, devoted and definitely more proper lady. Kate’s actions at the beginning of the playwright are extreme rude and inconsiderate to others. For instance after an argument with Bianca, Kate roars, ““Her silence
Macbeth is a play with a vast amount of dynamic and contrasting characters but of all of these, Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff are the most prominent. Lady Macbeth’s power-hungry attitude, lack of children, and manipulative ways make her a complete opposite to the more traditional woman who Lady Macduff represents, being innocent, motherly, and at times, powerless. Shakespeare created these differences to bring light to the themes of his play and to add depth to this story of war and
He’s struggling to believe that Desdemona is cheating on him. John Crowther author of “No fear Shakespeare” translates this line as, “What a wonderful girl! God help me, I love you! And when I stop loving you, the universe will fall back into the chaos that was there when time began” (Crowther). Even though Desdemona is completely innocent of infidelity, Iago keeps planting evidence to create doubt in Othello’s mind.
While Medea is set in a male-dominated society, there are still several inconstancies and gaps, which enrich the play and make it unconventional and uncomfortable for conservative audiences. The most obvious example is the fact that Medea kills her own children, a deeply unfeminine and unmotherly act, a complete rebellion on the society. A more subtle form of non-conformity is exemplified by Medea’s inconsistency when obliging to her husband and her king. Euripides’ use of contradiction and non-conformity within the play reveal that it is a story of empowerment to women. He subtly and obviously tells this story throughout the play, specifically using Medea’s actions and her relationships with other characters as platforms to get his message across.
Lady Macbeth descends into insanity caused by lack of sleep and guilt. Using Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare supports his time period’s ideals of keeping women only in submissive roles. Shakespeare also allows the witches to possess a large amount of power, and these witches similar to Lady Macbeth use their power for corruption and destruction. The witches, “should be women, /And yet [their] beards forbid” that conclusion and betray their overruling masculine qualities and lack of feminine
Lady Macbeth utilize her demanding features to emotionally and sneakily manipulate Macbeth in murdering Duncan. She also lacks apathy and emotion for the unworthy death of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is a strong woman role in the play, she exhibits a manly personality in the Elizabethan time. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth roles has reverse in the beginning of the play. Their imbalanced relationships would only further cause the Macbeth’s to struggle in their relationship and have a lack of trust in each
All the conditions of her life, all her own instincts, were hostile to the state of mind which is needed to set free whatever is in the brain” (780). Even if a brilliant women, as brilliant as Shakespeare did exist in the past, she wouldn’t be happy as she would live a life of misery. She would be able to share her brilliance with anyone, making her gift of knowledge useless. Not being able to share, would make her go madly insane. Gilman states, “… for the windows are bared for little children, and there rings and things in the wall.
Claudius also shows this when he tells Hamlet “Tis unmanly grief,” (I,II) basically saying that Hamlet is acting like a woman since he is mourning over the death of his father. Gertrude says “ I shall obey you,” (III,I) this shows that despite that she is a queen she has little to no power at all, because the men overrule the women. This play definitely shows a strong feminist critique through the way women are treated. Ophelia is shown to be told what to do and have all her