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). Although Emilia does not ever say these powerful words out loud, she is still willing to not follow her husbands commands despite his strong character. Emilia proves again that she has powerful thoughts when she stated that,”Let husbands know, Their wives have sense like them; they see and smell, And have their palates both for sweet and sour As husbands have’ (Othello IV.3.92-5) Emilia contends that women are physically the same to men,they both get distraught and have issues that trouble each other, they should treat each other similarly. Women can still analyze literature about the inequality and rights for women through many of the injustices that are modern today.
Penelope proves herself to be a “mistress of her own heart” by (1) exercising commitment and loyalty to her departed love and (2) employing deceit and pity to manipulate her suitors, buying her time to remain independent from men other than Odysseus although she fears for the possibility of never reuniting with Odysseus and faces constant temptations from the suitors. To be a “mistress of her own heart” means that she is in control of her emotions. Penelope controls her emotions by remaining loyal to Odysseus, despite the many challenges presented to her. Penelope exercises commitment and loyalty to Odysseus by demanding the respect for Odysseus and his counterparts and being skeptical of his return. Penelope is constantly seeking balance between being perceived as ready for marriage and taking
The structure of Mew's poem features a dramatic monologue that reiterates the peculiar relationship 'betwixt' the Farmer and the bride. Consequently the bride "turned afraid of love and him and all things human." The rule of three amplifies her fear of sex and his presence. Furthermore, the repetition of "and" elongates the phrase to emphasise her anxiety. This demands the readers to empathise with the bride.
Sergeant Treviño is in love with Gertrudis however he is willing to simply be near her while she is in love with another man. Both men are subordinate to women as they spend their lives trying to win their approval and love. Pedro enters into a loveless marriage with the love of his life’s sister once he learns he can not marry the true woman he loves. Instead of taking control of their lives they allow the women in the lives to control them while they participate in the more feminine submissive roles. In Like Water for Chocolate stereotypical gender roles are reversed and rearranged.
He says that the Duchess existance was meaningless before marrying him, the Duke suggests that marriage to him has given her royal nobility .” Somehow-I know not how-as if she ranked/ My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old nam/ With any body 's gift” (Browning, 2000, lines, 32-3). The women identity was linked by assignation with his name and that is another definition of women’s possition during that time period. In the opening lines of his poem, Browning, the author, reveals when the Duke looks at the painting of his wife that is used as an accessory for his wall: "That 's my last Duchess painted on the wall / Looking as if she were alive" (Browning, 2000, lines 1-2). Judging Duke’s attitude towards the picture, we get the idea that the Duchess is the same as the painting, a work of art and she is
This, once more, points towards an attitude that judges women for their sexual output and attractiveness alone. The old woman would be incapable of the two things her sex is desired for; procreation, and the sexual pleasure this would require. She uses the rhetoric of reason to get her young husband to love her, yet her premise rests on her position as someone who has lost beauty and is placed at disadvantage. The old woman begins to ‘selle’ her virtues of faithfulness , and in this she commoditises her identity and establishes once more the hierarchy of husband and wife; and the position of the wife as someone inferior to her
Romeo and Juliet, is a love story that was interfered by hate. The Capulets and Montagues were bitter enemies. However, the son and daughter from the patriarchies of both families did not hate each other, but instead fell in love. They decided to keep their love a secret because Juliet would be disowned if she didn’t marry a handpicked man from Lord Capulet. The rivalry and disgust between the two families was responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet because it made them lie.
She wrote constantly about an anonymous lover in many of her secret letters. This anonymous man was Otis P. Lord, a married, Massachusetts Supreme Court judge and a friend of her father’s who shared his political views. “Master” was the nickname she gave Lord in her poems and letters, and often nicknamed herself “Daisy”. Although it wasn’t obvious that their relationship was romantic, she called him, her “closest earthy friend”. Soon after the death of Lord’s wife in 1877, their relationship developed.
She unswervingly bows to the will of her tyrannical husband “Hippolita needed little persuasions to bend her to his pleasure (pg 89)." This is a result of context because 18th Century England was a period of time where women were marginalized and considered to be subservient to men. Her subservient nature is hyperbolized to show that she easily swayed by the will of her husband. This paints her in a weak light and makes the reader feel as the danger is directed towards her because she is exposed to the volatile nature of her husband. Isabella too is in constant danger because of Manfred’s obsession to marry her.
“His Coy Mistress” by Annie Finch and “His Coy Mistress to Mr. Marvell” by A.D. Hope are both well-known response poems to the infamous poem, “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell. “To His Coy Mistress” displays Marvell’s desire for some unnamed “mistress” to give him her virginity through topics such as seduction and time. These response poems are Hope’s and Finch’s replies as women or more particularly “a mistress” to Marvell’s request. In comparison to Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”, these response poems convey two different viewpoints from the mistress and in my reasoned opinion, provide a deeper scope to the objectification and mistreatment of women in poetry. This can be seen through evidence and supported by exposing the overall attitude of the speakers, issues of gender in each work, each poem’s language, the overall tone of each work, the form of each poem, and through each speaker’s responses to “Big Famous Lines” presented in “To His Coy Mistress”.
Mrs. Mercy Otis Warren Mrs. Mercy Otis Warren was an American poet and writer who promoted the revolutionary cause. She was born on September 25, 1728 is Barnstable, Massachusetts and died on October 19, 1814 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was the sister of James Otis, a political activist, and married James Warren, a merchant and farmer who served in the Massachusetts state legislature, in 1754. Mercy Otis Warren was a good friend of John and Abigail Adams. She did not receive a formal education but was taught by her uncle, Rev.
“The Yellow Wall-paper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s and “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner are both short stories in which both female characters share an unstable psychological condition. In each story, the female character loves their husbands but is oppressed by them in their role of being a stereotypical woman. In the early eighteen and nineteen hundreds, females were expected to become dependent on men for their livelihood, which at the times lead to depression and hysteria of being a submissive female. The male characters were seen as being inferior between the women. Therefore, women could not be superior to a man, since he had the intelligence and controlled every aspect of the women, as if they were property.
The reading, on the other hand, focused on the marriage and how men view the fault of women being, “shrewish, vengeful nagging” leading to men being unhappy in marriage. Furthermore, she quotes Theophrastus who claims that men should not marry for women are trouble, only gossip, and lack affection. She goes against this opinion by claiming that it is men who dominate women and what has been written about wives are false. However, she still says that marriage is good because there are men who are kind and love each other thus, women should be grateful. In the other reading, Lancelot by Chretien de Troys is an Arthurian poem about the story of Lancelot expressing knightly rightness to free the Queen from Melegant.