Superiority regarding gender has historically produced controversy. Within the renaissance the role and purpose of women were subject to discussio. It was up to debate as to whether women natural were abound to treacru and sinful motives. Within Othello women are either seen as whores or those of good women. “Italian women were very less living women… There are many lewd living women… sinful use of their wicked bodies” Othello initially thought this of Desdemona of which was proved wrong when he fell in love with her.
Emilia knows that Othello believes that Desdemona has cheated on him with Cassio, but the interesting factor is that Emilia knows that is not true as she arguably knows Desdemona the most out of all the characters. Desdemona's isolation prior to her death is “ attributable to the onlookers' nonintervention” (Vanita 343). Emilia was aware of the abuse that Othello put upon Desdemona even though she knew the accusations against her were false “For if she be not honest, chaste and true,/ There’s no man happy; the purest of their wives/ Is foul slander” (Shakespeare 4.2.18-20) but still leaves Desdemona in isolation with Othello, even though she was aware of what he believed. When Othello confronts Desdemona with the claims of cheating Othello commands Emilia to “Leave Procreants alone and shut the door;/ Cough or cry “hem”
Myrtle wishes that she could live the upper class lifestyle rather to the poor lifestyle in which she is in. This leads to the disrespect towards her husband because she wants to leave her
He introduces Tom to the story by pointing out the following: “He had a wife as miserly as himself; they were so miserly that they even conspired to cheat each other.” In this quote Irving substantiates that marriage will lead one to temptation, and that many people that think are happy with their partner will always look for other partners during marriage. Another example of Irving’s use of satire to criticize marriage is when he writes, “Whatever the woman could lay hands on she hid away: a hen could not crackle but she
In this time period, there was a mentality that existed where a woman was made more honorable or a better person just by having a husband. When Juliet was hesitant to even think of being married to Paris, her mother and nurse were surprised. It was unheard of to be a woman and not want to be married. This is shown when the nurse and Lady Capulet tell Juliet “By having him, making yourself no less.”
This paper aims at analysing Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin, written in 2000 and set in mid-eighteenth century England, projects a girl who in no time is pushed into the category of a ‘fallen woman’ for violating the prescribed patriarchal norms and roles for women. Here the girl, Mary, is represented as a universal subject who lives in the wretched condition of most women of her rank and background in the eighteenth century, at the same time, her singular personality interrogates the anti-women stance of the Enlightenment as she emerges into her own in the same inimical historical time and place to reach beyond it to the current readership. The scope of reclamation is dealt to facilitate lost selfhood in general and of women victims in particular.
“Bad girls” violate patriarchal sexual norms in some way: they’re sexually forward in appearance or behavior, or they have multiple sexual partners. Men sleep with “bad girls,” but they don’t marry them. “Bad girls” are used and then discarded because they don’t deserve better, and they probably don’t even expect better. They’re not good enough to bear a man’s name or his legitimate children. That role is appropriate only for a properly sub‑ missive “good girl.”
Fortunately, I date on rare occasion, however, I harden to the sexual messages that I received. The lust some guys had for a nonexistent woman(I only cross-dressed in private to myself) was kind of sad and funny. It did some mind twisting in my head. As time passed and I began to get jaded to guys sexual wants and lured minds I won’t lie, I twisted a few guys minds for revenge, in
Women in Elizabethan England, were not treated with as much respect as they should have been, but they were not treated as if they were not human beings. They were typically seen to be the weaker sex, mentally and physically and were thought to need a male figure constantly watching over them. If a woman was single, she was usually watched after by a father or an older brother, but if the woman was married it would be her husband’s job to take after her. Men were the ones that brought home the money. They were the head of the home and in charge of most decisions that took place.
Emilia: Reinventing Traditional Women’s Roles What constitutes the perfect woman? From childhood, preconceived gender roles have been hammered into my mind, with women being presented as delicate, submissive and sweet. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello,” Emilia acts as a force to challenge women’s conventional roles; accenting the play’s overall emphasis on prejudice and society’s overbearing stigmas. Her contribution to evoking change within women’s attitudes is clearly shown through her loyalty, views on equality, and heroism which fuels Othello’s themes regarding gender roles. Emilia plays a fascinating character in terms of loyalty and being true to the mold of the ideal Shakespearean woman.