Irene Adler only appears in the episode the A Scandal in Belgravia. The producers of the TV show Sherlock made interesting choices with the character, as Adler seems to adhere to the image of a traditionally attractive woman but her occupation as a lesbian ‘dominatrix’ is atypical. Irene is a contradictory character as she is able to outwit Sherlock on their first encounter while she is sexualized as a femme fatale. Unlike Molly, Irene Adler is full of sexual appeal. Adler is portrayed as a seductress that dominates Sherlock and becomes his romantic interest.
In this context, Clement Scott, the influential critic of the Daily Telegraph, observes that Wilde “has fascinated us with a savage.” (79) Another illustration of Wilde’s toleration is depicted in the acutely narcissistic personality of Mrs Cheveley of the play An Ideal Husband. Mrs Cheveley is presented as a vagrant woman who indulges in frivolous activities such as stealing brooches and disturbing the conjugal harmony of others in pursuit of her personal gains. Yet Wilde holds no contempt for her. In the end of the play, he simply obliterates Mrs Cheveley from the scene “unredeemed but unpunished.”
The customers of the A&P, consisting largely of old housewives and husbands, do not show acceptance of Queenie’s views; they would rather conform to social norms. As such, they avoid her, as if they fear her views will spread like a disease. Never taught to think for themselves, these people would rather avoid such change, and continue living their lives in mindless obedience of the social norm. They are unable to accept Queenie or the other two girls, merely because they are “unique in all aspects of their beings: walking, down the aisles, against the grain, going barefoot and in swimsuits, against the properly attired clientele” (“An Analysis of John Updike’s A&P”). Because the girls,
It was a real slap-in-the-face to her intelligence and identity when her father had her marriage annulled because it was not proper for a woman to be sexual or to make her own decisions. George himself comments on how Martha’s sexual expression is improper with lines like “your skirt up over your head.” (Albee17) This very well shows her as a female of independent thinking who believes in living her life according to her own terms and conditions. She is just opposite of the ideal notion of a perfect lady by being plump and fat instead of having a lean and thin feminine physique like Honey. On the other hand the twenty-six year old “thin-hipped…simp” Honey is the incredibly stifling, unfulfilled result of what happens if a woman conforms to what 1962 society told her to be. In order to quickly show that Honey, the pre feminist-era ideal woman, is a farce, Albee makes her uninteresting, remarkably unintelligent and absolutely loathsome.
In his novel, Voltaire examines the abuse of women during the eighteenth century through the female characters in the novel. Cunegonde, Paquette, and the Old Woman endure sexual abuse and assault paying little mind to riches or political associations. These characters have almost no unpredictability or significance in Candide. With his portrayal of Cunegonde, Paquette, and the Old Woman, Voltaire satirizes the role of women and highlights the ineptitude of women during the eighteenth century. Cunegonde is the young daughter of a well off German lord.
Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
Anything he say, goes… she never stand up for herself’” (Walker 41), to which Celie shrugs her shoulders and responds “‘he my husband… This life soon be over’” (42). Celie acts very ladylike, constantly serving her husband, doing the chores and work, and acting as a mother to his children, despite Mr. ____’s violence and abuse. Celie does not dare rebel against female stereotypes by disobeying her husband or trying to put him in his place like Sofia does with Harpo. Despite trying to please Mr. ____, he does not feel any love for Celie and makes her life miserable. Celie is so despondent because of Mr. ____ and her refusal to shun stereotypes for women that she fails to see many reasons to live.
I god, they sho don’t think none theirselves”(174). He spoils Janie materially for this reason, he does not believe his wife is his partner but a personal object or trophy in which he has dominion over. This ideology and his poor treatment of Janie causes her to lose feelings for him and with time she comes to hate Joe. As time went on Janie begins to feel the physical and mental consequences of her mistake, as this article states, “To the passionate relationship Hurston attaches metaphors of natural fertility and sexuality and to the control relationships she attributes physical deformity, decay, technological, non sexual productivity, and accumulation of wealth and power” (Tasharofi). As Joe begins to accumulate power and authority in the house as well as the town it takes a toll on their relationship.
Her lies are less a thought of her own character and more a reflection of her husband’s surroundings .She does feel the need to keep up her self –respect, while satisfying her own needs. Again, her lies established the fact that how stressed she is by the opinions of her husband. The patriarchal setup of the play and gender roles are being broken as she is destroying the strict rules and by deciding to go out of family. She says that Torvald stops her from eating macaroons as they will destroy her teeth as well as her beauty, she still eats the macaroons. The limitations didn’t stop her from satisfying her own pleasures and she refused to obey through harmless actions showing that she strongly desires independence, but is too afraid to raise her own voice.
remain in the family now. Her family.”7 Manorama emerges as an insecure woman in the novel. She represents the domineering woman who takes the traditional superior place of her husband. She breaks the image of suppressed wife. Both Kalyani and Shripati are forced into a loveless marriage by her.