Clearly, she views marriage to be like a business dealing, vetting Jack’s finances and social standings in order to see if such a union would be profitable for the family. A similar mindset is seen in Hedda Gabler, as despite Hedda’s own wealthy background, she too admits to having succumbed to the pressure of finding a man who could provide for her. When explaining why she choose Tesman, Hedda simply explains, “he kept pressing and pleading to be allowed to take care of me - I didn’t see why I ought to resist (Ibsen 251). Hedda’s only rational behind marrying Tesman is that she felt he could take care of her financially and guarantee her a comfortable life. Much like how Lady Bracknell wanted Gwendolyn’s husband to be wealthy and respectable, Hedda simply required that her husband be able to take care of
Although they view each other as equals, "my dearest partner of greatness," it's Lady Macbeth who is established as the dominant partner in the dynamic, inverting typical 17th century gender and social roles. (Since husbands were supposed to rule their wives in the same way that kings ruled countries, Lady Macbeth's plan is just another version of treason: taking power that doesn't belong to her.) Upon reading the letter, she worries that Macbeth is too kind-natured to be able to take the crown and is determined to assist him through the, "valour of her (my) tongue." She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king.
The Victorians valued one’s social status as it was seen at the utmost importance when it comes to marriage. If there are two dominating factor that follows a social status it is wealth and power. This is prevalent in the conversation between Jack and Lady Bracknell [Gwendolen’s mother], as Jack attempts to seek approval for his proposal to Gwendolen. Lady Bracknell questions Jack’s about his yearly income and the land that he owns: “Lady Bracknell. ‘What is your income?’ Jack.
Who did they interact with? Did they improve everyday life? Eleanor of Aquitaine was married to Louis VII he was a King which made Eleanor the Queen of consort. The she married Henry II he was Count of Anjou. She also made a great friendship with her uncle Raymond during the second Crusade who was going to be prince of the city.
Agrippina was the mother of Nero and stepmother to Britannicus, this meant that she had a duty to care and nurture them. When Claudius fell ill late in his reign, Agrippina used this opportunity to boost Nero’s popularity. She was also able to persuade Claudius and the senate that Nero was perfectly capable of taking over the administration of the empire when Claudius died. Agrippina had the support from some of Claudius’ freedmen, particularly Pallas, since Claudius had a large amount of trust placed upon these two individuals, they worked together and influenced Claudius, persuading him into agreeing or committing to acts that would benefit Agrippina. Overall, Agrippina played an essential role in the reign of Claudius, her Julio-Claudian linage and influence improved and stablised his principate.
As a mother to Gwendolen Fairfax, she has a great authority over her controlling her life. She has even a list of ”eligible young man” whom she is ready to interview in order to select a suitable partner for her daughter. In addition to this, the importance of marriage and its delicacy in the Victorian era is expressed through
The position of women in the societies of Genesis and the Odyssey grant them little power. Despite the pervasive gender hierarchy present in the ancient texts, Rebekah and Nausicaa wield their intelligence and wit to influence those around them. These two women utilize deception and indirect communication in order to alter the lives of prominent men as their means of exerting control within their patriarchal society. Due to their actions, these women become essential to the narratives of Genesis and the Odyssey, for Rebekah is integral to the perpetuation of God’s covenant through familial lineage and Nausicaa is fundamental to Odysseus’ nostos journey. While Rebekah and Nausicaa differ in their specific reasons for their deceptions, they
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables. However, if transcending female expectations was used as a weapon than for good, is it still considered an act of femininity? Of course not!
Shakespeare portrays women 's ranking in relation to men by illustrating Hero’s great sacrifice, and how her closest mentors refuse to help support her. Hero has little power to fall back on in this situation, explaining the classic image that Shakespeare created for her to resemble. Through these scenes in Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare effectively conveys the power women had throughout this time period by addressing Hero sacrificing her virtue. He communicates the idea of women standing up for their beliefs, shifting away from the formal rules that society
The Tempest by William Shakespeare is projected to be written in 1610-1611 and is first performed in November 1611 and it is also believed to be the last play that Shakespeare has written alone. The play is largely engaged on the theme of power whether it be bad or good. Power is demonstrated in various ways in The Tempest, it can be seen as the characters desire power amongst each other, the power over slaves and men, the power of love and lastly the supernatural power of magic. These forms of power is witnessed through governance and possession in the play as well. Shakespeare depicts this power predominantly through Prospero who seems to have the greatest extent of power in the play.
More Power Than A King 2 One can say that the active role women play in Beowulf is rather minimal and that they are confined to the task of playing hostess to the adventure seeking men. This, was not the case especially when one looks beyond the surface. Women throughout Beowulf play the important role of peacemaker and often give gifts and honor, both of which are very important in this culture. Without women the world Beowulf is set in would have been a maelstrom of chaos and war. Women who play the role of peacemaker usually abide by confinement .
This fits into the idea of a perfect Elizabethan woman, who’s lives are subject to their husband’s rule across all aspects, to be disposed of as men wish. Each female character is treated by men as a possession. However, there are also moments when they are presented as confident and challenge a male authority. This would have been exiting for Shakespeare’s female Elizabethan audience as women