However, the novel strongly suggests that not everyone can afford Kate 's moderately progressive attitude; androgyny is not presented as a solution, but a privilege and still a goal to work towards. Janet 's false understanding of androgyny is punished with isolation from both the men she aspired to be respected by and the women she scorned. “Janet Mandelbaum […] is so consistently flayed throughout the novel – by her sexist colleagues and by Amanda Cross herself – that one can only assume she deserves it“ (Auerbach 266). Janet 's fate seems especially cruel in light of the parallels to Kate. Both pursued the same career, both must have faced the same obstacles – they even fell in love with the same man.
Telemakhos’ words emphasize the vast gap between how men and women are treated—neither Odysseus’ crew nor Odysseus himself see anything unethical with his adultery, but women cannot possibly lose their chastity. It is this idea of purity, enforced throughout millennia, that limits women to doing only what they are
There’s a power balance between the three men and the two women in The Reeve's Tale that is influenced by patriarchal values. The author limits actions performed by female characters to carry stereotypical assumptions of gender expectations. If you examine closely, the miller's wife is unnamed purposefully because she is considered untrustworthy and invaluable to Symkyn. Also, any credibility that is given to a female, has to have a man present to accept those responsibilities. This formulates that women cannot exist without having some type of man to establish their credibility.
Euripides’ classic “Medea” is well known for being one of the first texts in literary history to have a female as its main character. However, it is infamous amongst readers, especially certain feminists, as the text that displays women as mad, hysterical, and irrational. When reading the text, many are taken aback due to Medea’s shockingly brutal actions throughout the play. She is depicted as a brutish murderer who possesses no limits. Her actions range from murdering royals to committing infanticide.
Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is often attacked for its misogynistic oppression of women and domestically abusive undertones, especially for the ‘taming’ of the titular shrew, Katherina. However, in an at least humanist, if not feminist, point of view, I argue that there are two different but overlapping sets of relationship dynamics between our main couple. Their relationship is constantly dual-layered. The first is the pair’s “madly mated” (3.3.242) personalities which allows them to form a partnership that proves to be a union of equals by Act 5. While the other, shaped and influenced by the social expectations of the ‘public,’ is the dynamic that relies on both of their imaginations to play the roles that they are presumably assigned
He also had to deal with his father’s death and with his mother’s marriage to the man who poisoned his father (Claudius, his uncle). A person’s state of mind cannot be clear, when everything and everyone seems to be against. Hamlet’s heart and soul were full of hate and sadness. All that he could think of was revenge. He regarded women as weak human beings, who could easily fall in temptation, as a result of his mother’s betrayal.
He appears in Oedipus Rex, because his presence and his talents are requested by Theban King “Oedipus”. As we all know Oedipus is the title character, and the protagonist of this play. The play focuses on Oedipus’s quest for knowledge on one hand, and on the other hand, the other characters resistance to discovering the truth. The entrance of Tiresias in this play hints a crucial turning point in the plot. But in this play, Oedipus the King, we can see that Tiresias also serves another role in enlarging the dramatic irony that takes place in this play, and this is by his blindness.
Furthermore, the irregularity of Medea’s situation stems from another characteristic of the play. Such feature is the intensity of her revenge. Medea’s reaction to Jason’s betrayal goes above and beyond readers’ expectations. It fixates them in a state of shock and consternation. Medea’s choice of killing her children in her own home is a very heartless, harmful decision that would impose unlimited pain on both her and Jason.
Mr. ____ say, Cause she my wife. Plus, she stubborn.All women good for—he don’t finish. He just tuck his chin over the paper like he do. Remind me of Pa.” (23)2 The referred incident proves the complexity of the Celie’s mind because she is found the extreme cruel as well as a‘loving foe ' for different men. Sometimes, sheconverts herself into beast and tries to seek the revenge on society.
This is brought out clearly in the portrayal of far from ideal marriages of three young couples-Vishal and Leela, Inder and Saroj and Jit and Mara. The theme of the novel is violence, not necessarily an obvious physical violence, but an invisible and the more subtle form of violence. Saroj’s pre-marital relationship becomes the cause of failure of their marriage. Inder is the husband of Saroj who obsessed and could not forgive this act of Saroj and constantly exploits her sense of innocence. Saroj has become a victim of the male tyranny.