Two main examples of people who made choices that eventually led them to their downfall despite the good fate they may have had are former U.S. president Richard Nixon and athlete Tonya Harding. Although both could’ve been successful where they stood, their ambition for power and desire to eliminate all enemies that may come in their way led to their own demise. Macbeth clearly starts off in a high place in the military and in society as is proved by Duncan’s words in Act 2, Scene 2 when he says “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!” as well as “our captains Macbeth and Banquo.” Likewise, Richard Nixon, the thirty-seventh president of the United States was born into a fairly wealthy family. He was elected president and was living a good life. Nixon’s desire to maintain the power and gain the liking of citizens led him to making a decision without court approval when he was criticized for moving too slowly in disengaging from a war.
Tristan was banished because his uncle, the king was in love with the queen in the chevrefoil. Although his uncle wanted to separate him from the queen, he didn’t give up but fought for his love. That’s the power love has. Tristan did a good thing to get in touch with the queen though he was banished out of the town. I would have done same or better than what he did have the queen.
In the story, Yeh-Shen, by Ai-Ling Louie which takes place in southern China, the reader learns what comes around goes around. For example, Yeh-Shen had no respect from her stepmother and stepsister, so at the end the prince love Yeh-Shen but is not allowing them to visit. “Not long after this, she, married the king. Because of the stepmother and stepsister treatment of Yeh-Shen, the king forbid them to come too he palace.” (pg. 3) The stepmother and stepsister most likely never thought of Yeh-Shen ever marrying the prince.
Similarly, “My last duchess “ incorporates the same selfless commitment explored in “Cousin Kate”. The duke, the narrator of the poem is identified as a monster since he murdered his wife because of her immature persona. The duchess’ “ looks went everywhere” and the duke also mentioning that other men could draw her to “blush”. We learn within the poem that the duke was a famous man, and because he married a tart, he wouldn't allow “his gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name” to become badly reputed. This indicates that the duke was committed to his family name and wouldn’t let careless women destroy his
Although it is debatable, Elizabeth I is known to be England's greatest ruler. "Good Queen Bess", as her people called her, dealt with England's countless amount of problems. She was judged "unfit to rule without a husband nor successor. Having no husband made people dispute over her right to the throne. This did not change her decision about never getting married, she continued to rule without a husband.
In the epic poem Beowulf, the plot is centered on a heavily masculine view. As a result, many of the themes depicted were male-dominated, which left very little leeway for women to influence the story. Jane C. Nitzsche, however, was able to point out the ways in which Grendel’s mother represented how the Germanic ideals of women were able to be shifted, ultimately showing how women could not be confined into a single feminine role. The first instance where Grendel’s mother had shifted roles was after Grendel’s death. Not having a husband, Grendel’s mother was unable to pledge her primary loyalty towards the accepted Saxo Grammaticus dominant figure.
Female Instability in The Aeneid Jasmine Ye In traditional Roman values, women were often submissive to the power of men and were not allowed to participate in activities that allowed them control, rather this ability constituted in men alone. In this, women were not allowed to engage in political issues as gender roles permitted them to do so. Throughout Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, females show to be a hinder to politics as their main representative, Dido, a widow who becomes the sovereign queen of a flourishing city fails with her capability to rule. As the protagonist, Aeneas encounters Carthage on this journey to Rome, he becomes entranced by the efficient system in which Dido has built for her people. When becoming influenced
Dismiss me. Enough.” (No Fear Shakespeare). Macduff is the only person that can take the crown from Macbeth so he kills Macduff’s wife and children while Macduff was away. The second prophecy said, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” (No Fear Shakespeare) but that just gave him more confidence to be on the throne.
Irene was the wife of emperor Leo IV, with the death of her husband she became co-leader with 10 year old son Constantine VI. Although the thought of a mother/son co-rule sounds peaceful and arming, after much frustration on Constantine’s part, left Irene banished from the courts by her own son. Although Irene does not quite directly help Karl onto the throne, she opens diplomatic relations with Karl, emperor of the west and is a key figure to the picture that makes up Charlemagne, also referring to global context understanding Irene also shows that Karl is not the only emperor with the desire of power and land. She also symbolizes a women escaping the stereotypes of men in power, as she rises through the men surrounding her. Irene reins alone as emperor for five years, an impressive reign as a women suppressed in society.
Her father didn’t like that Stanton wasn’t rich, also that he was an abolitionist. Stanton was no match for Elizabeth’s father, for in January or February of 1840 she broke off the engagement. Something changed her mind: Henry was about to sail to Europe for several months to attend the World Anti-Slavery Convention as a delegate of the newly formed American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. When Cady heard that he was leaving she insisted they get married behind her fathers back, and on May 1, 1840 they got married (28). She demanded that the reverend marrying them not use “obey” in the wedding vows, In her autobiography she said, “I obstinately refused to obey one with whom I supposed I was entering into an equal relation” (29).
William stated that Edward promised the crown of England to him. William is a distant cousin to Edwards, so he confirms his title because he has blood association. William states that a few years ago, Edward choose Williams to be his heir. In 1051 Edward the confessor promised to make Edward the air of England which promised him a large leap of power. In 1066 Edward changed his mind and gave crown to Harold who had no tie to the throne.
Her birth name was Sophie Friederike Auguste. She grew up in Stettin in a small state called Anhalt-Zebst. Her father was the prince of this area. Catherine the Great was not close with her mother. Her mother’s relations to members of royalty gave Catherine the ability to rise to power.
Margaret as an Heiress: Needless to say, Victorian women did not play an important part in society, due to the fact that they had limited rights. They could not inherit a property until the decreeing of the Women’s Property Act in 1870 only for married women while single women were not concerned with the act. In north and south, Elizabeth Gaskell made Margaret an heiress of the fortune of her Godfather Mr. Bell. This deed confirms that Mrs. Gaskell in a way or another is defending the social status of women through her
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine To become the Queen of France and then the Queen of England is not an easy task to complete, yet Queen Eleanor was able to. Eleanor of Aquitaine, who lived during the Middle Ages, was Duchess who obtained power at a young age. Her husbands were both kings and her children became very powerful leaders.Eleanor of Aquitaine was the Queen of France, but she got a divorce and married the King of England, becoming one of the most influential women of her time period, promoting courtly love, chivalry, and troubadours. The Middle Ages was a time that was greatly influenced by a feudalistic society, which led to the power struggle between England and France and the inequality between men and women. The idea of Feudalism,