Importance of women in Agamemnon Are women marginalized, excluded and silenced in the Oresteia? They surely are, but would it be correct to state that they don’t have a very special position, which is in a sense superior to man? The fact that women are inferior is obvious right from the beginning of the play. When the herald arrives the chorus states: “now for the truth – not a mouthful of flames and beacons.” (pg. 28).
So rather than speaking out useful and meaningful words, it shows that women are only making noise coming out of their mouths. Metaphors are used to associate women to negative things. ‘’Verbal Diarrhoea is a Female Disease’’ (35) ‘’chew the fat’’, and ‘’spill the beans.’’ (16). It means women let out secrets easily and their mouths are always moving. Saying that women talk is a disease has a very negative connotation because it compares women talk to a grotesque and revolting sickness.
She seems very strong with her dislike for thin personalities OR perhaps she is only making the fat personalities feel better. Britt quotes Julio Caesar by saying, “Thin people need watching.” (1) She feels they are untrustworthy, for they are most judgmental. Brilliantly, she uses sarcasm and humor to portray her feelings towards body image. To put it simply, thin people live a dull, rigid life whilst fat people live free and happy. At first, Britt seems angry at thin people.
She calls women “soft,” “weak,” “smooth,” and “unapt to the toil and trouble in the world” (5.2.166-167) but such a description is actually from the perspective of a man’s rather than her own. Throughout the play, the men have shunned Katharina for her “mad and headstrong humour” (4.1.196) and praised Bianca for being the sweet obedient and weaker child. By speaking in the tone and voice of a society that goes against her, she ends up fitting in and thus is given the power to voice her thoughts without being automatically dismissed by the others. This is especially clear in line 175; “Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,” which becomes a double-edged sword. Though she claims that as women they are weak, the line also implies that they are simply pretending to be weak, and by doing so, they are
Especially in Chinese culture, there are many social conventions against women - the three obedience and four virtues, for example. Even the vocabulary “yin yang” features men (yang) in a dominant role and places women (yin) in a passive role. All of these show the inequality between male and female. It reinforces the notion that women are always the victims and the lesser ones. However, that’s not entirely true.
There are two extremes of one “whore-ish” and the other cruel that do not give room for a positive interpretation of women. The one woman who is given a softer role is not given enough time to be a true character to really matter in the representation of Women. Kesey does not represent the women in a good way because these men have basically been ruined by women, and that is the underlying reason that Kesey gives them poor characteristics. Many of the characters seem to have problems with the women in their lives be it Ratched, their wife, mothers, or other women in power, which leads to the point Kesey is trying to make with portraying women this way. The changing culture of women obviously frightens men because they have never been used to women being so powerful or so open with thier sexuallity and all they would like in this blossoming era of the 60’s is to go back to the ideal and perfect
Phaedra from Hippolytus by Euripides and Medea from Medea by Euripides are sympathetic victims of the patriarchy. The women hold very little power and are representative of the dysfunction that can arise from a calculated, male-dominated society skewed by a disproportionate power struggle. From the start of both plays, Hippolytus and Medea, it is clear that both women are fated to be victims because their actions, though cruel, are simply reactions to the injustices they have been subject to and occur as a result of the lack of power among women, and these acts are catalyzed by oppression. It is true that Phaedra and Medea committed cruel crimes against their loved ones, but these violent acts were self-preservative in nature. Moreover, Phaedra and Medea are complex and well-developed characters, antithetical to the ideal Greek woman.
She cannot tell the truth about her anger because women were more socially oppressed in the 1930’s.Dorothy Parker uses word choice and tone to show that relationships are not worth the effort. One way Dorothy Parker shows that relationships are not worth the effort through word choice. An example of the word choice that shows that relationships aren’t worth the effort is the external dialogue versus the internal dialogue. An excerpt from “The Waltz” that shows this is, “WHY, thank you so much. I’d adore to.
“Basically, Zawadi mistrusted men as husbands, not as lovers, or even platonic friends. She loathed being taken for granted, which, she said, was how black men behaved, no matter where in the world they lived, the USA, Africa, the West Indies, men who considered women their rightful property. - Duniya said with feeling, “What an amazing woman, this Zawadi.” - “She is a gift. You should meet her.” - They fell silent, both thinking that Zawadi and Duniya would get along splendidly. (146-147) Through this chapter, we learn that Duniya has changed a great deal since the beginning of the book, converting herself in a more liberal woman.
Acknowledgments I would like to express my gratitude to all those who helped me during the writing of this thesis. I gratefully acknowledge the help of my supervisor, Ms. Lv Yingli, who has offered me valuable suggestions in the academic studies. Her useful suggestions, incisive comments and constructive criticism have contributed greatly to the completion of this thesis. In the preparation of the thesis, her willingness to give me her time so generously has been much appreciated. Her tremendous assistance in developing the framework for analysis and in having gone through the draft versions of this thesis several times as well as her great care in life deserve more thanks than I can find words to express.