She is not considered important enough to have her own name in the novel, and throughout the novel she is known as Curley’s wife (Mumford, 2013). Furthermore, unlike Lady Macbeth, Curley’s wife has no power over her husband instead she is scared of him. Curley’s wife is not respected by the men on the ranch and is considered to be someone who creates trouble. In contrast to this, Lady Macbeth is respected by men in her kingdom and no one tries to disrespect her. Since Curley’s wife does not get attention from anywhere, she tries to seek it from the only person who will listen to her and that is Lennie.
Elizabeth I, Queen of England from 1558-1603, brought much success and political stability to England during her reign. However, the ideas about gender at the time greatly influenced her rule. With the views of the religious peoples during Elizabeth’s reign leaning towards negativity about a woman ruler, Elizabeth I responded to these challenges against her ability to rule wisely with sophisticated anger and strong leadership, while not responding to the challenges to her authority as a religious leader. One of the main challenges to Elizabeth’s right to rule came from the church. Document 1, “First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women” by John Knox, a Scottish religious reformer, shows the biased views of a Scot who
The Protestants were uprising against Mary. If Elizabeth, as a Catholic, supported Mary, Elizabeth would be considered an illegal child in the eyes of the church, but Elizabeth did not want to go against her half-sister. Even worse! After Mary got married, she imprisoned Elizabeth because she thought Elizabeth was plotting against her. After Mary Tudor died, Elizabeth became the ruler of England.
No immodest clothing, no disobeying God, no playing with toys, and no enslaving others. These were just some of the rules that Anne Bradstreet had to follow through the Puritan religion. The overpowering strength of the church made it hard for the citizens in the new world to be creative. Anne Bradstreet took the liberty of going away from the normal rules of the church and being an individual. Anne Bradstreet did not live the normal life of a commoner in England.
Because of sexist opinions of the time, many people believed that a woman had no power to create change, especially in government since she could not vote. Women themselves believed this societal expectation, and although Grimke does not reject society’s idea of femininity and womanhood entirely, she specifically rejects their supposed political incompetence in a rebuttal. Using evidence from general and specific political movements in England, all of which were greatly aided by the support of women petitioning the government, Grimke assured her audience that “When the women of these States send up to Congress such a petition our legislators will arise, as did those of England, and say: ‘When all the maids and matrons of the land are knocking at our doors we must legislate.’” (Grimke, 192) This summary of her somewhat vague past points is similarly nonspecific; however, this is still effective since simply alluding to historical events rather than explaining them was sufficient for an audience that knew more about England and its history than contemporary Americans do today. After giving various premises of past and present movements English women were and are participating in, she directly compares English and American governments in this passage when she comes to the
Lastly, in my case I would like to point out the most heinous accusation Mrs. Hutchinson has made yet. She claims that God speaks directly to her and that she does not need a minister to preach to her or to read the bible. Mrs. Hutchinson has clearly violated our Puritan doctrine. By saying this, she is ultimately claiming that our state does not need organized churches or authority. She has spoken out directly against our values and our establishment.
This did not change her decision about never getting married, she continued to rule without a husband. Religious conflicts and debt were some of England's major issues. England had an immense amount of debt, Elizabeth found many ways to deal with this debt. Religion caused a prodigious amount of problems to arise for Elizabeth. Elizabeth may not have fixed all the problems with religion, but she was able to find solutions to many of them.
Queen Elizabeth had a fear of committing to foreign affairs or to anything that can possibly start a war. Because of her mother’s death, she did not like executing her enemies or even anyone. She wanted peace with everyone, believing wars were expensive and peace is cheap, but after several assassination attempts Queen Elizabeth recognized the need for her enemies’ death. Queen Elizabeth was a Protestant and was constantly in danger of being assassinated by Catholics who wanted to replace her with the Queen of Scots, Mary. England at the time had no separation between the church and the state, so traditionally, the country was ruled politically by the king and spiritually by the Roman Catholic Church.
“This act of violence made such a stir, so much petitioning to the king for her,..” (65-66). Within every relationship the scale of power tends to fluctuate between the man and woman, this however gradually comes to a draw over time. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, suggests one’s gender determines how much power one will receive. However, just because one receives such power does not mean it must be used. At the beginning of the story the Knight is lost to the idea of men and women being on equal ground, which is shown by his treatment towards the maiden.
Most of these women were very intelligent and ambitious. Some of them were independent from the Imperial policy, others were used to strengthen the bond between the courts of the East and the West and the Church, and still others devoted their life and works to the Church, the way the Church Fathers wanted. One woman in particular, Licinia Eucoxia (widow of Valentian III) played a major role in the sack of Rome of 550 by the Vandals. Writing a history about indiviuals and trying to place them in their “space of time” is not an easy job. There will always be interactions with facts, developments and events that go beyond the storyline.