Jane Austen’s Emma opens with a straightforward, strong statement “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich” ; although a bit unusual and slightly vain, Austen has brought Emma as an emasculated heroine making her a suited character to a patriarchal society. On the other hand the thoughtful head of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and his hatred of women shown by occasional exclaims and verbally aggressive behavior “Frailty, thy name is woman!” represent women as being worthy only of their beauty, purity and fragility, and as so can be very easily manipulated and subdued. Never could he forgive his mother for submitting to her desires as he could not perceive her of having them to begin with, but instead of being submitted into having them as
In Shakespeare 's era ladies did not have the fairness they get today. Shakespeare mirrors this in demonstrating that they are connections to the capable men of their time, and maybe without postulations connections the ladies would simply be worker surfs. Shakespeare, despite the fact that it is not worthy today, was in all probability mirroring the status of ladies amid his time. The part of ladies in Hamlet is out and out sexist and unfeeling, which makes the play dated. On the off chance that ladies were not dispirited, Hamlet, one of the best works of the stage, would not be defaced by depraved, and crazy female characters.
The narrator stands out because she is not model beautiful, but she is smart and sees herself in a different way that is what makes her a phenomenal woman. In stanza one, she talks about how beautiful woman get confused when she tells them why she is beautiful, her beauty does not come from appearance but from within herself. Throughout the poem, she uses descriptive
Gender was no longer seen in terms of biological or anatomical but social and cultural. For Judith Butler, Gender is a cultural construct formed through repeated ‘acting’ which gives the notion of a static gender while at the same time obscuring the instability of a person’s gender act (Butler 179). In this sense, cross-dressing in Shakespeare becomes an important motif as it supports the fluidity of gender characteristic. Cross-dressing, according to Marjorie Garber, points to the ‘constructedness of gender categories’ (Garber 9). She further suggests that there is a tendency to look beyond cross-dressing or ‘transvestism’ as it challenges the binary of ‘female and ‘male’.
They mainly suggest the female experience in a masculine and male-driven world. The change in the focal point and perspective to female characters attempts to overthrow the traditional masculine definition and representation of femininity. Duffy’s rework highlights the search for a new female identity outside masculine definition and creates a huge contrast to the traditional idea on female subjectivity and stereotypes. The shift of emphasis onto women empowers women and provides them with ability to take control of their circumstances. A few themes that are shown in these poems include feminism and social standards of women, self-strengthening and transformation.
For a woman to show interests in current affairs, express opinions, write literature was unladylike. Viola, fending for herself, in distant land, disguises herself as a boy named Cesario. Cross-dressing, in Elizabethan society, was seen as highly immoral. Viola 's male disguise “allows her to escape the confinement of a single perspective and a single voice by momentarily unfixing sexual stereotypes (184)”(Melchoir). Furthermore, Viola’s situation in Twelfth Night is not typical of an Elizabethan woman because she proves herself to be capable and intelligent.
Women were thought to be unintelligent (at least in part because they were generally less formally educated than men), and many women accepted that judgments. It was not until the feminist movement was well under way that women began examining old texts to reevaluate their portrayal of women and writing new works to fit the “modern woman.” The feminist approach is based on finding suggestions of misogyny (negative attitudes about women) within pieces of literature and exposing them. Feminists are interested in exposing elements in literature that have been accepted as the norm by both men and women. They have even dissected many words in Western languages that are believed to be rooted in masculinity. Feminists argue that since the past millennia in the West have been dominated by men—whether they be the politicians in power or the
However, it is evident from many of the novels published during this period, that such harmonious assimilation, even in fiction was not available to them. Thus, in many novels of this phase, the feminine heroine was seen as growing up in a world without female solidarity, where women in fact police each other on behalf of patriarchal tyranny. Also, the deficiencies of feminine novelists were seen in male portraiture which were attempts to conceal these deficiencies. The model heroes were thus the product of female fantasies about how they would act and feel if they were men. Furthermore, the use of male pseudonyms by women writers is another significant marker of this phase.
Furthermore, to family she was only a woman whose purpose was to be dutiful wife and mother, to Hamle she was like a sexual object. Namely, she had no rights to be herself, to be independent. She was not brave enough to stand up against the men, maybe because she had no one who could show her better life. In conclusion, I must say that in Shakespeare’s tragedies and his plays, we can see several types of female characters. Mainly there are strong, independent, brave women who do not want to be under men's control, but there are also a few weaker characters - but they often play passive roles in the play.
During the romantic period, women were judged on their beauty, something that they have no control over. This idea of beauty was pushed on young girls and this made them feel as if beauty was the only thing that’s important, but the romantic period literature was going to change that. Beauty is shown as the single most important thing for a women in Northanger Abbey and A Vindication of the Rights of Women, which is wrong because it’s degrading for women to be judged on something that they can’t control, this then affects how women are depicted in literature, changing the work’s tone to be satirical, making fun of this idea, or rebellious, in going away from these beauty standards. Instead of degrading women based on their beauty, women should