Introduction . This paper focuses to answer a few questions raised about misogyny which is visible in the work of William Shakespeare through his characters. I have taken into consideration Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew and Othello as the main examples to try and point out at some evidences. To find out some of the reasons why misogyny was used in Shakespeare’s works we should study a little about the time it was written around which was the Elizabethan age and the Jacobean age.
Women in Hamlet “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” The quote is from a seemingly anonymous source but various feminist activists use this quote to state that women are capable of living their lives without a man. In fact, popular feminists including Gloria Steinem, Irina Dunn, Erica Jong, Florynce Kennedy, and Charles S. Harris have used similar versions of the quote. These activists promote feminism, a movement that supports the advocation of gender equality for both sexes. Feminists seek to promote the equality of both men and women in areas such as education, employment, culture, economics, and personal rights.
Hamlet: The Tragedy of Female Oppression Feminism has erupted over the past century. The theme of patriarchy has ruled over women for centuries. With the uprising of the critique of patriarchy, more feminists have analyzed Shakespeare’s literary works as in favor of the male gender roles. In Act 1 scene 3, the station of Polonius and Laertes reveals their patriarchal position over Ophelia by constructing advices that molds their expectations of her and degrading her in ways that exemplify the oppression of women during the 1600’s.
Abstract In this research project the researcher will deals with the feministic approaches of Hamlet, characters of Ophelia and Gertrude and specifications of Shakespeare for female characters in his dramas. Researcher will mainly concern with the two characters of Ophelia and Gertrude. Shakespeare unjustified with these characters and researcher tries to highlight these in justifications at indigenous level. Several researches already conducted by many researchers at international level but locally it is neglect completely.
“When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things: one part of me wants to take her home, be real nice and treat her right; the other part wonders what her head would look like on a stick.” Edmund Kemper came to be known as the Co-Ed Killer. He was born on December 18th, 1948, in Burbank, California to Edmund Jr. and Clarnel Kemper. He had two sisters, one of whom was younger and one who was older. As a child, Edmund was very close to his father and when his parents divorced in 1957 this affected Edmund considerably
In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, the main characters mirror one another in several ways. Between Jeanette and Liesel there are many strong literary connections. Both Liesel and Jeanette are both raised in extreme circumstances, overcome an impoverished childhood, and have a crucial father figure who teaches them how to survive. One way that both characters compare closely to each other is because they grew up in extreme environments. It is astonishing that both Liesel and Jeanette were able to develop into successful adults despite the inconveniences of their surroundings.
Though any character in Shakespeare's Hamlet could easily be the epitome of lunacy, there is no character more obviously unsound that Ophelia, whose personality is the embodiment of codependency. Every time Ophelia speaks the symptoms are apparent as she can not seem to converse about anything but men. This is stereotypical of women at the time,in society as much as in literature. One can not fully blame Ophelia however as she is a product of her time period and used by the other characters. Ophelia’s character not only confirms Hamlet's suspicions about women but serves as pawn in the metaphorical chess game between Claudius and Hamlet.
Weislogel 1 Ben Weislogel Mrs. Crays English 9/10 28 April 2017 Atticus, the most Moral of Maycomb In Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is faced with moral dilemmas and deals with each with the utmost integrity. When Scout asks why Atticus is defending a colored man, he replies "For a number of reasons, the main one is, if I didn't, I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again"(75). He believed that not doing what was right would forfeit any moral authority he has ever had. A good example of Atticus using moral authority to correct others is when Jem had mutilated Mrs. Dubose's flowers, Atticus forced Jem to visit her and apologize(104).
Despite that a single woman ruled England at the time of William Shakespeare, the Elizabethan society was still much patriarchal. Hence, it leads to the society being “Unfeminine Pursuits”. Based upon the historical context where Shakespeare had written Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth, as female characters are portrayed as subservient and unimportant as a whole while confronting the societal constraints. Since, Renaissance society did not traditionally value the freedom of women, although the ruling of this society was running by the “independent” women. As this society always portrayed the ideal woman who is beautiful and obedient while retaining her strength and independence.
With more broadcasting of evil each day, the question; “what makes a monster” is often asked. Monstrosity is the state or fact of being monstrous. Monstrous by definition can mean having a frightening opinion, extremely large, or a person who is outrageously evil. Many artists and journalist have tried to tackle the question, though two authors in particular stand out. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses the hideous looks of the monster along with the average looks of Victor to show her readers that monstrosity comes from within.