Guardian: The Lonely and Great God includes parts of The Tragedy of Macbeth like the motif of prophecies and Macbeth’s vantage about life. From the play, the witches foretold the future to Macbeth and Banquo where Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.50) and Banquo “shalt get kings,” (1. 3. 67) for offspring but not Macbeth. Similarly, from the drama, a grandma fortune-teller delivered a prophecy to the warrior who was turned into a goblin.
Powerful women have long been feared in cultures around the world. A woman who presents signs of ambition is often labeled as cold, unfeminine, or a bitch. Here in the U.S. we have historical documentation of what can happen if a woman oversteps her bounds, and while the Salem witch trials were over 300 years ago we - as a society - still struggle with the concept of a woman in charge; ie our current presidential race. In Titus’ Tamora and Macbeth’s Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare has given us beautiful examples of powerful women using the means aloted them to achieve their base desires. Both Tamora and lady Macbeth are considered lower status and are assumed to have less power because of their gender, however they drive the stories with their desire
Venus, the mother of Cupid, despised Psyche because the mortals payed more attention to Psyche than they did Venus because Psyche was so beautiful (Hamilton 121). The mortals often compared Psyche to Venus. “They would even say that Venus herself could not equal this mortal,” (Hamilton 122). One day, Psyche accidentally burned Cupid with candle oil (Hamilton 129). Venus saw this as an opportunity to take out her anger on Psyche for always getting attention from the mortals and capturing the eye of Cupid (Hamilton 129).
In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329). Therefore, she thinks princesses teach false lessons on morals, speculating less attractive girls will be bullied. Although Orenstein takes a second wave feminist approach, Poniewozik has a third wave feminism viewpoint, which states women can perform female and male tasks. Poniewozik describes various new princess movies that have a third wave feminism approach, for example in The Prince & Me, Paige chooses her career of becoming a doctor over the prince (324). However, in the sequel, she marries the prince and continues working as a doctor.
Jealousy, a simple and common emotion, has the power to create havoc. This has been demonstrated in stories throughout the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Often, the stories do not have a happy ending, since the jealous person ruins whoever they consider competition. This was shown with our goddesses Hera and Aphrodite. Both women punished the one that their lover loved or has something they wanted.
This tale is based on the Celtic Sovereignty myth about a king marrying a goddess who initially appeared to be hideous, but with the willing kiss from the king, turned into a beautiful woman. In Sir Gawain, the knight is being tested to see if he will choose virtue and chastity or the beauty and promiscuity of the Lady of the Castle. If Sir Gawain had his way with the Lady of the Castle, he would have been killed because like the animal hunts, Gawain is prey to the Lady, who puts his chivalry, loyalty, and chastity to the test by trying to seduce him. Through this romantic litmus test, Sir Gawain is being tested to see if his moral values can withhold challenges such as the temptation of beauty. Morgan Le Fay creates this challenge to test Arthur’s knights and how strong their principles are.
William Kong Greek Allusions Workshop Story: Cupid & Psyche Source: Greek Summary: Psyche is the most beautiful daughter of one noble king and was praised by the people for her supreme looks. Psyche’s beauty frustrated Venus (the goddess of beauty) and she forced her son cupid to shoot an arrow at Psyche to make her fall in love with a horrible monster. Cupid instead shot himself with one of his arrows, so when Psyche saw him, she immediately fell in love with Cupid, and the two lived happily ever after. Commentary: Cupid & Psyche are similar to many of today’s fairy tales. Psyche was supposed to marry a horrible monster but instead she was locked away in a high tower until her husband Cupid came to rescue her.
Don José served as an officer in the Spanish military and was engaged to a pure, innocent Frenchwoman. He became infatuated by the idealized version of Carmen, which failed to meet his expectations. Their lack of communication and disconnection resulted in Carmen leaving him for another man, and Don José murdering the woman he
When Athena, a goddess, realizes that her weaving competition with Arachne, a mortal, would end in a draw, the text states, “...she tore Arachne’s tapestry from top to bottom and began to beat the girl,” (85). Because Athena has supernatural powers, she should be viewed as a superior being. However, in this story, although Arachne is a mortal, she is able to weave at a comparable level of skill to Athena, a goddess. This causes Athena to feel envious of Arachne’s abilities, and in an effort to weaken Arachne, Athena destroys Arachne’s work and beats her. Athena’s behavior is similar to humans’ behavior when attempting to invalidate and undermine that people they are jealous and envious of.
Introduction The purpose of this essay is to investigate the women’s role in Classical Greece society and literature (5th/4th century b.C.). Therefore, I decided to discuss and analyse one of the most controversial comedies of that time, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. This text shows how women, sick of their submissive and powerless position in the political scenario of Athens and Sparta, come on the scene and, through a smart stratagem, achieve their expected result. Women’s power in the play contrasts the real women life’s conditions in Greece in 500/400 b.C. This sudden empowering of the female characters is the main reason why I have chosen to examine this comedy.