Beyonce Knowles once said “Power is not given to you. You have to take it.” Power husbands have over their wives, power a father has over the suitors of his daughters, and the power a beautiful girl has over those who wish to marry her are evident examples of power in William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of The Shrew. Power is a double edged sword. Characters like Baptista Minola use their power benevolently, for the well being and success of his daughters. Other characters like Petruchio use their power in selfish ways, to get richer and even more powerful over more people in his life.
As Myrtle discusses her relationship with Mr. Wilson, she went “crazy when [she] married [Mr. Wilson]. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in” (35). Myrtle’s serious tone reveal how “crazy” she values status and wealth. Myrtle’s serious tone demonstrates how disappointed she was when she found out Mr. Wilson was part of the lower class. Fitzgerald shows how one’s American dream of becoming the wealthy class cannot be achieved due to greed.
In Pride and Prejudice, Austen creates a society that discriminates Elizabeth with her decision to eventually marry Mr. Darcy. Specifically, this is seen through Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy’s aunt, as she states to Elizabeth: “You have no regard, then, for the honour and credit of my nephew! Unfeeling, selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?” (Austen
For instance, Myrtle Wilson had an affair with Tom Buchanan because he was wealthy. Evidently, Myrtle wanted to have a wealthy husband because as she talks about her wedding, she was very upset, she said, “He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in… I lay down and cried to beat the band afternoon”(Fitzgerald 35). Despite the harsh attack Tom had towards her, Myrtle still wanted him over her husband who loved her, but just was not wealthy. Sadly, her wishes would never come true because Tom had no intention of marrying Myrtle. The book The Great Gatsby demonstrates how the American Dream is corrupt.
Men’s decisions overpowered those of women, certain roles in society were to only to be fulfilled by men, and finally women were considered as prizes to be won. Given these points, men over power women in a hierarchy of the sexes and it shows that women were subservient to men. In act 1 of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Hermia daughter of Egeus is forced into marriage with the man she does not love. She is obligated to marry Demetrius, the man her father wishes her to wed, and not Lysander the man she actually loves. She should marry Demetrius because that is what her father requires her to do “[a]s [Hermia] is mine, I may dispose of her” (1.1.40) being the daughter she needs to obey his wishes and ignore her own.
She admits, “Her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an accident, in this respect resembling many other marriages which masquerade as the decrees of Fate…closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreams” (Chopin 18). In marrying Leonce, Edna abandoned her hopes for love and adventure. Although she thought that she would outgrow her childish desires, Edna still yearned for something more in her life. She did not fit her role as a housewife, “In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman…They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands” (Chopin 10), Edna is not one of them. She is unapologetic when she chooses how to live her life.
Most likely this was to convince her that during their marriage, he would take care of her financially. From this it is obvious to see that Daisy matches love with materials, therefore giving her a very materialistic outlook on love. On the other hand, Zelda was also very accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle. “Unfortunately, his paltry salary was not enough to convince Zelda to marry him, and… she broke their engagement in 1919… Fitzgerald, suddenly a rich and famous author, married Zelda a week after its publication” (Willett). This shows that Zelda would not marry Fitzgerald unless he had
“’I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man’” (72), and he does not seem to care much about her. Daisy confused love with wealth, “’She wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality’” (151), therefore, Tom easily bought her love with “’a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars’” (76). Daisy’s incontrollable passion for wealth overtakes her identity causing conflictions within her life. Daisy thought she had everything desired in the American
With this quote, Fitzgerald shows external conflict and how everything has to be perfect and look expensive to impress Daisy. This is showing that Daisy only likes men with money. Secondly, Fitzgerald identifies a conflict that Tom faces with several woman. Tom is married to Daisy, however, his mistress is myrtle. “'I want to see you,' said Tom intently.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the obsession with wealth and love ruined the American dream/ the Characters lives. “Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to the privileged world it grants her access”(Wulick). One of the main examples of wealth destroying a character 's life is Myrtle 's story. Myrtle is the wife of a lowly mechanic in the valley of ashes. Myrtle is taken away by the enormity of Tom Buchanan 's wealth and is instantly attracted to him.