Women in the 1930’s were considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual exertion. Proper etiquette was a necessity. Any other behaviour was looked down upon by society and considered scandalous. Women and young girls were not allowed to wear pants, go barefoot or half-dressed, curse, have close male friends, and fight. It was expected of them to dress up for dinner, go to church, and learn how to cook and clean properly.
She is a woman who doesn’t follow the normal etiquette. Madame Reisz is unmarried and has no children and she lives on her own. Madame Reisz is an artist that plays the piano, she also inspires and helps Edna to follow her dreams of becoming an artist. Madame Reisz is described as a, “disagreeable little woman, no longer young, who had quarreled with almost every one, owing to a temper which was self assertive and a disposition to trample upon other the rights of others,”(37). Madame Reisz is considered the odd one out because of the life style she chooses to live.
Their needs and desires are ignored and are considered less important than men. When the Talibans came, men’s needs are prioritized while women are left behind. According to Hosseini (2007), “ Women are forbidden from working”(p.298). This shows that men are given the privilege to go to work and earn money to support their families and themselves while girls are debarred from getting a job whether they like it or not as the Talibans think that women are of the weaker sex and are not capable of doing anything that helps contribute to the society. One evidence, according to Hosseini (2007), “ “Go to Rabia Balkhi,” the guard said.
The word “fiend” describes an almost demonic hunger, which shows how she was seen to be immoral. During the play, in Act 1 Scene 5, she wants to be filled “from the crown to the toe top-ful of direst cruelty”, which show her desire to be morally corrupt and be only driven by ambition and power. Moreover, Lady Macbeth asks to take her “milk for gall”. This would have been very disturbing and perverted, as women at the time were seen to be only for child-bearing so, turning her breast milk into bitterness would be removing the sole purpose for her existence and would be tampering with the natural order of things. Further, Lady Macbeth would “dashed the brains out” of “the babe that milks me”.
The Mackers family. An extremely genderless couple. Both of them are greatly unsteriotypical and both seem to not care which sex they even are! Lady Macbeth has no steriotypes whatsoever, helped by her gender and HATES being a women. Mackers is similiar, except his gender hurts him more than helps.
After the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth tries to calm down Macbeth “a foolish thought, to say a sorry sight” (2.2.30), “consider it not so deeply” (2.2.41), “you do unbend your noble strength, to think so brainsickly of things” (2.2.59-60). In 2.2, Lady Macbeth’s mind us bold and collect, but further on she becomes insane in the thought of murder, which is ironic because she told Macbeth not to think about the murder in result that it will make him brainsick (2.2.60) but then she goes insane. Later in the play, Lady Macbeth becomes obsessed in the “spot” and rubs her hand repeating “out, damn spot! “(5.1.35), she becomes mentally disordered after she handled the daggers (2.2.69). Lady Macbeth character starts as a bold woman but slowly becomes weak due to irony.
Women equality is something we hear about a lot and the fight that women have to fight in order to achieve the rights of men has been an uphill battle for women all over the world. The theme of women occurs often throughout Hamlet, and encourages the idea that women are seen as powerless, property, and unable to function without a man. Our society has come a long way since the days of Shakespeare, but there are still underlying issues that we see today. In act 1, scene 3, Shakespeare 's portrayal of Ophelia is that she is not a person but an object, and does not need to be treated with respect. Her father treat her as his property, and Hamlet sees her good for one thing, sex.
“Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promis’d. Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (1.5.13--16). In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, to Lady Macbeth, the “milk of human kindness” is wrongful doing and no self-respecting human will have any use for it. Lady Macbeth is ambitious, and fears that her ‘milky’ husband lacks the mental strength to kill Duncan. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth tries to control Macbeth and tell him what to do.
How does Lady Macbeth change over the course of the play? Over the course of the play the characters of both Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth develop intensively. They share similar ambitions, but it is Lady Macbeth who dares to do unspeakable things to accomplish them. This creates great conflict within Lady Macbeth who does not conform to the traditional female stereotypes of her epoch. Throughout most of the play, she is portrayed as powerful and confident, and more daring than Macbeth himself, though this image changes when she shows signs of weakness, resulting in her death.
In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the deaths that occur in the play. Lady Macbeth accomplished this by infringing Macbeth’s comfort level, which made him uncomfortable and give into her desires. The four reasons why Lady Macbeth is responsible is she summons evil demons to fill her body with evil, her death pushes Macbeth over the edge, she has the gender power over Macbeth, and she drives Macbeth to become power hungry. During the course of the play most of Lady Macbeth’s actions cause a direct reaction from Macbeth. If Lady Macbeth had not exhorted Macbeth into murdering King Duncan, then he would have remained a sane man and decided against killing Duncan.
Women could not vote, could not get the jobs or the education they wanted, and they could not earn respect from men. As Martha E. Kendall wrote,“not all women married for love” (24). When women got married, their husbands were basically in control of them,
They had to be submissive to their husbands. Women at that time could not simply do whatever they wanted. Some rebelled against the norm; but others were completely brainwashed due to society telling them what they could or could not
In many countries, women are not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honor” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, deny the right to health, to women and girls and increase illness and death throughout the life-course” (Herr). Women in third world countries have had the obligation of laborious, gender-assigned duties, while men have had access to technology, education, technical training, land, credit, and basic needs from their government. This is a normal custom in Indonesia, India, Iraq, and Iran. Women have no rights to speak and are sexually and physically abused with no punishment for the husband.