Scholars found defaced statues and portraits of Hatshepsut. Some believed Thutmose III was slighted by Hatshepsut and he defaced her image. Although, through more research they believed Thutmose III’s son, Amenhotep II, had more motivation. Hatshepsut’s image may have been defaced because of lack of knowledge in hieroglyphs, gender roles, and the hope for power. Since few Egyptians could read hieroglyphs, including the images of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, it is easy to see why people believe Thutmose was slighted by Hatshepsut.
In the midst of all the chaos of being away from home, Odysseus comes across many complications, some of which include life or death interactions between himself and the legendary gods and goddesses of Greek culture. However, these interactions are not included within the epic simply to entertain the audience, rather, it is thought that Homer is attempting to make a point about how the women of his time in the eighth century were unfairly treated and discriminated against. To make his point, Homer wisely portrays the female characters of his poem in an admirable fashion; he makes sure to include how women can have wisdom, elegance, authority and several other traits of which only men were acknowledged to possess. It is because of Homer’s unique recognition to the fact that women should be treated as human individuals that his poem is being read by audiences around the world up to this
While Desdemona is a remarkably strong character, Emilia also displays independence unmatched by any other female in Othello, and there are multiple details of Shakespeare and his time that may have prompted such a portrayal. In Elizabethan England, many women worked behind the scenes of productions, like Shakespeare’s, as uncredited authors and editors (Crowley). Due to their anonymity, nobody can be sure that women were involved in Shakespeare’s plays nor Othello in particular, but there is a genuine possibility that female writers did have leverage. This may have had to do with how Emilia was portrayed as resilient from the time of Desdemona’s death all the way until her own, standing up for herself regardless of the ridicule it caused her (Iyasere). In fact, it even killed her in the end.
In spite of the fact that Homer’s Odyssey is an epic story of a man’s gallant journey, women play a huge part throughout. Their unique yet controversial personalities, intentions, and relationships are vital to the development of this epic and adventurous journey of Odysseus. The poem by Homer was written at a time when women had an inferior position in society, yet that didn’t stop them from being any less influential. All of the women throughout the Odyssey possess different qualities, but all of them help to define the role of the ideal woman. Mothers: Mothers in the Odyssey, are determined figures.
The Odyssey Many people deem Odysseus to be an archetype hero. But was he really? Sure, he won many wars, but did he show the characteristics that matter? No! Odysseus did not tell the full truth to his men, he slept with the goddesses and he was impatient.
If men were supposed to be superior, then why would Zeus decide to listen to his wife Hera who is a woman? If the narrative is that men are more dominant and powerful than a woman then why is it that albeit a goddess showing dominance over the king of the Greek gods? There are two different concepts of music for Nietzsche, Apollonian and Dionysian, named after the Greek god, Apollo, the god of music, truth, and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, and much more. Apollonian music is characterized by ordered, logical, and reasoned (Naughton). Whereas Dionysian music is characterized as unrestrained (Naughton).
Racism exists today through jokes and things that people have heard from each other. Some people do not intend to be racism while others do. Either way, these people who are racist, often are associated with ignorance. The definition of ignorance is lack of information or knowledge. People are sometimes racism because they lack the experience or information needed and say something racist
In the 1500-1600s women were not treated the same as men. Shakespeare portrays women a certain way to break the mold of what women were supposed to be. Women are seen standing up for themselves and being bold which was not supposed to happen. Even though Shakespeare was a bit of a revolutionary with the idea of women, the other characters in his plays still view women much like real people in his time. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Othello are similar in how women are viewed by other characters.
Evidence proves more prevalent that gender was not a clear distinction until the 20th century as ancient texts often used gender bending to describe the trait of a male or female. The Bacchae holds several instances of breaking gender roles, through the emasculation of Dionysus to the portrayal of women as fierce, men-like warriors. In addition to the breaking of gender roles, the story provides the story of how Dionysus exerts his power by proving that although wine may cause people to be happy and rejoice, it can also cause people to become pained and violent, and thus he is not to be
She feels, because of her gender, as if she can’t write about, “wars, of captains, and of kings, / Of cities founded, commonwealths begun, / For my mean pen are too superior things…” (Bradstreet 1-3). It is interesting Bradstreet did not try to disguise the fact that she was a woman poet as so many other literary women did before her. She mentions that the 9 Greek muses were women, “But sure the antique Greeks were far more mild/ Else of our sex, why feigned those nine/ And poesy made Calliope’s own child;” (Bradstreet 31-33). Throughout the whole poem she is putting down her own work in comparison to a man’s epic poetry, but in a way that suggests that she is not ashamed of her gender or her work. She knows that in her society she will not be taken seriously.