She feels women are ruled by men because they are weak and Antigone has asked Ismene to help her in breaking the law, and to giving her brother a proper burial. By doing so Ismene knows that the law Creon has established is going to be broken. She tells Antigone, “We are only women, we cannot fight men” (Prologue 48). Ismene believes that women are in no position to question the
It can be interpreted as women being always ready for marriage and have no other priorities than to get married. According to De Beauvoir women’s inferiority is the result of the difference in the upbringing of both men and women. Women are socialized in a particular way to think that they are inferior to men. It is man who has the power to control the lives of women. A woman in the nineteenth century needed to be submissive, shy and docile as these are the characteristics needed for marriage so that the woman does not have to remain a
Similarly to with education, Wollstonecraft is a strong critic of Rousseau’s ideas in relation to socialization. It can be inferred from Rousseau’s work that he believes that women are innately subservient as he believes that their central purpose in life is to please men. Wollstonecraft uses Rousseau’s work titled Emilius and Sophia: Or, a New System of Education to exemplify this notion as she mentions two characters from the piece named Sophia and Emilius who abide by stereotypical gender norms (Wollstonecraft, 78). Using these characters, Rousseau attempted to prove that “woman ought to be weak and passive, because she has less bodily strength than man and hence infers, that she was formed to please and to be subject to him” (Wollstonecraft, 78). Although Wollstonecraft agrees with Rousseau that women are biologically not as strong as men, she does not believe that physical strength is a reason for women to be seen as subsidiary to men.
We see her devotion to Macduff when asked by the murders where he is she replies; “I hope, in place so unsanctified, Where such as thou may’st find him.” Lastly, in contrast to how Lady Macbeth faced her death, Lady Macduff had a clear conscience and thought only of her family's safety, even as she was being pursued by Macbeth's henchmen. The difference between the life stories of the Scottish lords Macduff and Macbeth was largely due to their wives' influence. Overall, Lady Macduff was a much better influence on her husband than Lady Macbeth was. Their goodness or lack thereof affected not only their own lives but also those of every other Scotsmen from that time
She was loyal to Othello even after he committed murder to her, which is utterly against the moral values . When Emilia ask Desdemona about the cause of her death, she replied with “Nobody. I did it myself. Farewell! Greet my husband for me.
The play undoubtedly showed that she was helpless in defending herself and is instead, safeguarded through the exposure of her situation. Susan Glaspell’s Trifles tells the audience that women should not be regarded as lesser individuals – less intelligent or less able. Further, that if women are being silenced and deprived, it will lead to revolution, revolt and revenge. Throughout the Trifles play, dominance of men is obvious. While women were recognized with modest voices compared to louder men.
This shows that women should have the same rights as men because they were just as responsible for everything as men were. This also proves that the idea of men being in more power is false and women share an equal amount of power. Overall, Truth spoke of her beliefs of women not having many rights, and many agree with
Immediately after Brutus says that Portia is honourable, Portia fires back, saying that if she really was, she would know his secret. She retaliates his statements by throwing her nobility, which is contradicted by her sex, in Brutus’ face. She explains why she believes she has the right to know the truth across a few passionate lines. Portia heartfully says, “If this were true, then should I know this secret./ I grant I am a woman; but withal/ A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife;/ I grant I am a woman; but withal/ A woman well reputed” (Shakespeare, II.i 291-295). These few lines contain implicit meaning that refers to Brutus’ domestic life and how women are mistreated.
Antigone loved her family and believed they all should be treated equal. Therefore when Creon wouldn’t honor Polynices with a proper burial or allow anyone else to, Antigone knew it was her moral duty to bury him. Antigone told her sister Ismene, “I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory. I will lie with the one I love and loved by him – and outrage sacred to the gods.
Despite not having these things, Lear still manages to keep his pride. This is evident when he refuses to use “women’s weapons, water drops” (2.4. 276). This shows that Lear is desperate to maintain an image of superiority. He tries to bolden his self image by using the idea that his daughters are women and should be inferior to men.
Consequently, women do not have an equal value to men, who, on account of their apparent superiority, should rule over them. If feminism is about the promotion of a woman’s equality and worth, then feminism cannot be good for women because it encourages them to reject what God has told them to do, that is, to accept their inferiority and live in submission to their