All of the female characters suffer through it on at least one occasion. When Cunegonde describes the attack on her family’s castle and her subsequent rape she states that it is “the customary way of doing things.” (23) The narrator describes another violent scene: “Girls who had been disemboweled after having sated the natural needs of some of the heroes were breathing their last.” (9) The rape of women is viewed as “natural” and the rapists are “heroes” of the story. This perspective highlights how little power women possessed at that time. The characters in Candide seem to accept the rape as an unfortunate, but common occurrence. Paquette is the only woman who seems to view her situation with any sort of bitterness.
Which in turn she would use to her own advantage to get what she wanted out of them. Also, using her own body and sexual accounts to her own use. Which was pretty monstrous of a thing to do for a woman in this time period. Although Chaucer portrayed women of this time to be evil, unfaithful creatures most may say the wife of bath display’s all of those
More specifically, the Leibnizian Optimism way of thinking. This is the same philosophy that Candide and Dr. Pangloss preach. The notion that all events good or bad are all part of God's grand plan is an absurd concept to accept. Voltaire takes this idea to the absolute extremes in his novella. He makes the optimists Candide and Dr. Pangloss experience torture, unjust executions, rapes, robberies, and violent acts of nature.
These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother. Femme fatales are usually destroyed in the end, either by being killed or being domesticated, as though they are being punished thinking they can compete with men. Male dominance is always restored by the end of the film. In established film noir, the new economic, social, and sexual freedom that women experienced during the war years as they joined the workplace was quite unsettling to many American men. This fear of strong, independent women and the need to show the danger of this independence was shown, whether consciously or not, in most film noir.
The Victorian Era is known for a pious, sexless society where women were considered inferior. While strides have been taken, there is still an inherent bias against sexually liberated women. This shame is still relevant to society today because of its abuse by those in power. Day by day, political scandals involving sexual assault and rape are being revealed on the news. This is only indicative of the willingness of the elite to abuse those working under them- especially young naive women.
Voltaire uses satire, irony and extreme exaggerations to poke fun at many aspects; such as optimism, religion, corruption, and social structures within Europe. Candide begins to realize that life is not always as it seems. The most prevalent use of satire is demonstrated by Pangloss, the optimist. His philosophy is that they are living “the best of all possible worlds” and that everything happens for a reason. Candide and his tutor are a perfect example of blissful ignorance.
She was told and shown, so often, how vile it was that she finally believed it; he made her believe it. An ordinary, beautiful, admired woman was dispossessed of her own self-worth by the man whom she was married to. He abused her into hating her birthmark. Georgiana would of not died on that day if Aylmer had not caused her to hate something she once appreciated about
Phaedra and Medea The women of Euripides are sympathetic victims of the patriarchy. From the start of both plays it is clear that Phaedra from Hippolytus and Medea from Medea by Euripides are both 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 the subsequent actions of women that can arise from oppression. Both women cause severe pain to their husbands and children in order to preserve themselves. Moreover, Phaedra and Medea are complex and well-developed characters, antithetical to the ideal Greek woman, that utilize their small amount of power in unexpected ways with dramatic consequences. The theme of women being helpless, having little power and being bound to maternal chains is established early on in Hippolytus.
But you’re just like Othello- gullible and violent”. Juliet unlike Desdemona is remade to be able to embrace her sexuality. It is all that Juliet can think about, killing herself for love. This thirst for suicide was so strong the Constance could not help but notice. She starts out as I have mentioned as a shy, meek thing of a woman.
Women are especially perceived as the cause for social order disruption due to their “uncontrolled” sexual habits outside of marriages which can cause diseases. They are also seen as unvirtuous women who had too much freedom. “Attached to the idealized monogamous model of marriage were ideas about sexuality and morality, particularly the restriction of sexual intimacy to one man and one woman who were married for life. Women who “lost their virtue” before marriage were regarded as “utterly destitute of moral principle” (25). Sexuality is controlled by the state though blaming women for having too much freedom.