This is when we discover how the men believe the women should be treated. It is also shown at the end when Kate makes her speech about how a wife should be submissive to her man. Such duty as the subject owes the prince/ Even such a woman oweth to her husband;/ And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,/ And not obedient to his honest will,/ What is she but a foul contending rebel (V.ii.7). In this quote, Kate compares wives to subjects of a prince. You abide by their will, do what they want, speak when they want you to, and are basically there to just look beautiful and agree with your man.
“Ain’t I a Woman” by Sojourner Truth and “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady are both popular feminist essays by a historical and modern feminist, respectively. In “Ain’t I a Woman”, Sojourner Truth describes her own strengths and repeats the phrase “ain’t I a woman” to imply that these strengths ring true for all women in order to call attention to the power of a woman and women. In “I Want a Wife”, Judy Brady describes the way men view their own wives by satirically describing the type of wife she wants. Brady repeatedly uses the word “wife” which is important because that word puts a woman’s relationship to her spouse over her identity as an individual. Both essays focus on how men view women, specifically, how men view women as inferior.
She states within From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, that woman being uneducated is a weakness. Wollstonecraft compares women to military men who are not prepared. Wollstonecraft believed that women along with men should all have a mind of their own. Wollstonecraft states in, From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, “Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but, as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in dark, because former only want slaves, and the latter a plaything.” Wollstonecraft truly does not blame men for the action of women, but blames women for allowing men to have control over them. She believes that women should allow men to treat them the way in which they were treated during the time
Michelle Lee, a published writer and Shakespeare critic, states that “The enigmatic influence of fate, fortune, and the heavens on the lives of human beings forms a compelling theme in Shakespearean dramas and comedies” (Lee, 2004, para. 1). Lee is essentially saying the theme of chance and pure luck is an essential theme in Shakespearean dramas and comedies. This is certainly evident in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She goes on to say “Critics suggest that Shakespeare's depiction of fortune in the comedies relies in large part on medieval and Renaissance perceptions of this obscure force.
Antigone examines a difference between the behavior expected of women and the truth of their part in society. Creon believes that men are the lead characters in society and women to take a secondary and compliant part. Creon gives Antigone a harsher punishment simply because she is a woman. I trust Antigone is right on the grounds that not only is her demonstration courageous, but compassionate and tolerant. Above all, it is the proper thing to do, to pay admiration to the dead.
In conclusion, in Irving’s time, women were scrutinized as nothing but a tool used to please the men. With this being said, Irving was writing things about women that were normalized in his society. Although, in today’s society, any man who spoke of a woman with a bitter tongue would be considered a misogynist. Women have since claimed the respect they deserve, and any man who challenges it should be transported back to the
Although Judy Brady’s I Want a Wife and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Declaration of Sentiments both revolve around the mistreatment and desire of equality for women, The Declaration of Sentiments emphasizes political and social justice while I Want a Wife focuses more on domestic life. In I Want a Wife, Judy Brady explains much of what is expected of women through rhetoric by stating that she too would like a wife. She then goes on to discuss the various, so-called, wifely duties that men seem to expect from their spouse. Brady states that “[she] wants a wife who will work and send [her] to school” (Patterns,502) and that while she is attending school she expects the wife to care for the children. To dress them, feed them, arrange playdates
Shakespeare exhibits the complications of gender through the comparison of the friar and the nurse because he is suggesting that the differences between gender, traditionally, are inherently different. The nurse acts as Juliet’s mother figure as she has cared for her all her young life. She has a motherly instinct to nurture Juliet and look out for her well being. She explains, “Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed. And I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish.” She is living vicariously through Juliet by allowing them to physically be a couple.
Shakespeare’s play celebrates Kates wit and fiery spirit even while reveling in her humiliation. The play can be used as an example for the views of marriage in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the play could be sued as an example of what a wife was supposed to be like. Gossipy wives in the sixteenth and seventeenth century were to be submissive and were not to undermine the authority of their husband. The Taming of the Shrew emphasized, to the women of that time, that they would always end up being a submissive and dependent wife. On the other hand 10 Things I hate about you is more focused on the ideas of individualism, dating, and trust.
In Shakespeare’s two plays, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew patterns of domination and submission are explored in relation to the shared issue of gender and power contained in each play. In Shakespeare’s time, women were expected to carry themselves a certain way to maintain the honor of their families. Shakespeare writes Othello and The Taming of the Shrew in the Elizabethan era which readers can see by the way the male figures in the plays see their women as property than human beings. By writing from the Elizabethan point-of-view, it effects the way each play is perceived as behavior previously seen as acceptable may now be viewed as unacceptable from a feminist perspective. For example, in The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio dehumanizes Katharina’s character which results in Katharina’s submission to her husband, Petruchio.