Modern day women do not endure the same amount of disrespect that the women of the Elizabethan era faced. In “Othello”, Shakespeare compellingly illustrates how women during the Elizabethan era were treated by male figures in Venetian society. For instance, Othello is a warrior who respects and loves his wife just as she loves and respects him. In contrast, Iago is outright disrespectful to his very own wife, and he makes it clear that he does not think too fondly of women in general. Depicted as the handsome bachelor of the play, Cassio is highly respectful and seemingly flirtatious to all women naturally, which serves as the fuel for Iago’s malicious scheme in the play.
By saying she is frail, he insinuates that she is weak and morally obligated to follow and accept his advice over her own conscious. Their behavior also includes who they sleep with, which is nobody’s business in today’s day and age but back in the 1500s, women were looked down upon for having sex out of marriage and considered “whores’ (Picard 172). This describes how men had their grip on women even when it came to certain personal issues or acts. Another story where Shakespeare demonstrates male power is in The Taming of the Shrew. Cawley says, “Demonstrating that he views women as fundamentally inferior by noting that they are born to bear, Petruchio concludes their conversation with the assertion that he is born to tame and must have her as his wife” (Crawley).
Other than women who are goddesses have the advantage compared to others who are often disrespected because of their status. Women were represented as worthless human beings to stratify a man sexual pleasure. Therefore women only contribute to heroes by either using their bodies as an object, giving guidances and a word of advice. But also women do have thematic significance in expressing the truth about the nature of a woman and of male-female relations. As for instance in Shamhat case, the temple prostitute.
She attacks the stereotype that generalizes all women as people who lie to get married. Only a “scoundrel” will believe this is true, most especially, men themselves. The Wife implies that men are the ones lying if they cast the burden of pretense on women alone when they also put their best foot forward during courtship. Consequently, women believe in these facades that would prove to be false after marriage. Men should stop degrading women as liars because men and women are equally capable of lying or at least, hiding who they truly are while they woo women.
In Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 148”, the speaker is clearly a man that is in love, but seems to think of love in a negative way. He feels that love itself is tricking him and clouding his judgment. He sees his love as far better than everyone else sees her to be. He states, “O me, what eyes hath love put in my head/ Which have no correspondence with true sight!” (1-2). This shows how the speaker thinks he is being robbed of the sight of reality.
and the poem “For The Men Who Still Don't Get It” by Carol Diehl male dominance in society have standards to how a women should be represented but man do not accept the fact that women are as much the same as men. The gender roles both played on these works lead to the unfair mistreatment women have to go through, and how gender roles in societies are to set norms on to the types
“My, it’s a good thing the men couldn’t hear us. Wouldn’t they just laugh!” (lines 349-350). Over time women came to accept that the men would treat them of lesser value because of their sex. Many times throughout the play such as the quote just stated, the men treat the women terribly and the women just stand there and take it. Their actions suggest women respected the men and in return didn’t always get respect back.
For example, one of the situations that has happened between Polonius and Ophelia is when Polonius finds out that Ophelia has a lover named Hamlet. He gives an incite of the perception of males when it comes to having relations with women. He stated that Hamlet didn’t genuinely love Ophelia and it was simply a lie to make her feel special. In a way he lowered Ophelia’s confidence by suggesting that he would not choose her over a prettier woman. He then argues with Ophelia and tells her that all Hamlet wanted to do was get in her pants because she was easy and gullible to him.
These women believe there is not much left to fix, or they are really misandrists in a feminist disguise. The definition of misandrist is “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against men.”, as how this is caused “Misandry is typically an unconscious hatred that women form early in life, often as a result of a trauma such teasing, or boys failing to venerate the girls inherent superiority sufficiently.”, so this might not completely be their fault, but because they take this out on almost every man they meet, it has become a social issue” as far as a relationship with a misandrist will be hard for the guy “Her behavior towards men is arrogant and condescending. If they disagree with her she will call it “mansplaining”, or she will say she feels “unsafe” or “afraid.” She will feel entitled to special consideration she would never grant a man, and when confronted on this, will insist that’s
In Shakespeare's time period, gender roles were viewed strongly where men would do almost anything to be “the man” while women usually stayed quiet. His play, Much Ado About Nothing, was a romantic story that contained genuine developing relationships centered on love. The antagonist, Don John, was jealous of the love around him and sparked turmoil that tested the loyalties and bonds of the other characters. In Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare, the character Leonato contains the societal mindset of needing a distinguished reputation most highlighted by his sacrifice to send Hero into isolation to avoid shame and maintain his relationships with other honorable men. The meaning of the play as a whole was about love and it’s different forms.