In Euripides’ text The Medea, Medea can easily be painted as the villian. She is a woman who killed her own children in an attempt to spite her husband. But, by examining the text, we can see that she deserves some sympathy. She has little to no control over her own life and has to rely on the will of men. And as a foreigner in Corinth abandoned by her husband, she faces even more challenges than the native women of Corinth did.
Mariam is married off to a disgusting man named Rasheed and he mistreated her just like her mother treated her. Rasheed then gets another wife and things for Mariam and Rasheeds new wife, Laila , don't get off to a great start. Mariam is told to take Lailas orders, but upon one of Laila and Mariam's first conversations with each other Mariam gave a crude tone and let it readers know that “I was here first and I won't be thrown out” (225). Mariam believes that Laila will get rid of Mariam and this causes disagreement and tension between the two. Mariam later opens her eyes and realizes that Laila isn't an enemy and forgives Laila for trying to get her thrown out.
The women in Othello and Chaucer's Wife of Bath differ, but in the end both want their husbands to love them. In Othello there are only three women displayed in the story, but the statements that were said about these three women were the belief that all women in that society were all the same- evil, whores who were temptress to the men. The three women; Desdemona, the wife of Othello, Emilia, the wife of Iago, and Bianca, perceived as a prostitute who is a “customer” (l. 138. 4.1) of Cassio. Iago is one of the main characters who degrades and slanders all women including his wife Emilia.
It is narrated by the protagonist, Offred who is a handmaid forced into sexual servitude. Facing a plunging birth rate, the fundamentalist regime treats women as property of the state. Handmaids are the few of the remaining fertile women and their sole purpose is to help the government into re-populating their society, where a lot of people are left sterile. The Handmaid’s Tale deals with the theme of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society, primarily. It shows the struggle that women have to go through in that society, as a Handmaid or as not being able to be one.
More often than not, the women in Candide are stripped away from their titles of nobility more than once, and then are later on compared with whom had a tougher life; this was normally measured with murder, loss of nobility, loss of loved ones, and rape. This, ironically, leads to a steady understanding that women were so lacking in power, that their only way to truly gain experience and clarity in the world was to go through all of these hardships. Cunégonde described it as, “For though a person of honor may be raped once, her virtue is only strengthened by experience” (Voltaire p366). The Old Woman in the story had a
No totalitarian regime can be successful without the help of the submissive part. According to “The Feminist History Reader”, one of the way that patriarchy is reinforced is by women’s colluding in the system “The oppression of women could not have endured so long and in so many places without their cooperation” (Morgan 67). Women’s complicity can be seen in Gilead as act of spying and supporting the system. For example, women spy on each other. Janine accept to spy on other handmaids to help Aunt Lydia to find Moira.
The unwomen are the lowest women in the hierarchy of Gilead. The unwomen are sent to the colonies were they “starve to death and Lord knows what all” (Atwood 10). The unwomen are the women who can not serve their positions in being a handmaid. The wives are ranked the highest in the female heiratchy. Serena Joy, the commander's wife, lets the reader know that handmaids are not in the top of the social class when she states, “ Don’t call me ma’am… You’re not a Martha (Atwood 15).
The story, Women of Troy depicts women as mothers, slaves, sexual beings, warriors, and survivors that overcame devastation of losing their men and children to war. With effects from a wicked war, these women felt hopeless, humilated, and hostile due to the loss of their men . However, women are considered the main focuses, therefore perceived as important, heroic, courageous survivors of tragedy. Euripides an ancient Greek tragedian of classical Athens wrote about Women of Troy, he wanted his audience to understand what happens to women and children after Greeks sieged Troy city, women were treated as worthless beings, fate lie in hands from men whom killed thousands. Croally say, War is the responsibility of men, but war also kills men.
Interracial marriages are notorious for failure, according to her husband. He also expresses his hostility for foreigners to wed, again because they come from different backgrounds. After he pours the dishes back into the sink because of improper cleaning, Ann cuts her finger. Her husband hurries to get materials to sterilize the cut and rushes to her aid. In hopes of the conversation coming to an end, he tells Ann to go and relax.