Sophocles, the writer of Antigone, shows discrimination towards woman through sex, abilities, and significance. There are three women presented in this play: Ismene, Antigone, and Eurydice. Antigone is the protagonist, yet the other characters do not play an imperative part which demonstrates that Sophocles doesn't take much thought towards women. The play implies a law being broken and an inappropriate outcome of the action, which causes piqué within Creon, the king, and the other opponents. A standout among the other characters is Antigone, she infringed upon the law of Creon for the burial of Polyneices and this is a major circumstance in the play.
Extracurricular Reading II Much Ado About Nothing analyzes how traditional gender roles shape behavior and actions in society. Many of the characters in the play, such as Benedick and Beatrice, actively attempt to defy the expectations placed upon them by virtue of their sex, while others nearly perfectly match the stereotypes- Hero and Claudio being prime examples. Benedick and Beatrice represent defiance of the norm- Beatrice repeatedly claims that she will avoid marriage at all costs, and Benedick doesn’t seem any more likely to place himself in a position to be cuckolded.
Kingsolver uses media in the book to show how women are over sexualized. Kingsolver shows women treated and seen as objects that are used for others’ gain, not as individuals with their own thoughts. There are also examples where the women are mentally and physically abused, and the consequences of these problems. The Bean Trees is a novel that questions the treatment of women and girls in not only the time it was written, but even in today’s society where many of these issues are still present. Kingsolver wrote her novel to spread awareness to the discrimination and injustice through a cohesive narrative and her characters’ development to connect to her
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women in an extremely negative light. The idea Fitzgerald gives off is that women are only good for their looks and their bodies and that they should just be a sex symbol rather than actually use their heads. He treats women like objects and the male characters in the novel use women, abuse women, and throw them aside. I believe that Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle are prime examples of women in The Great Gatsby being treated poorly.
Firstly, Atwood satirizes the way women are presented stereotypically in literature work. She implies that women do not have a voice of their own, and that they always act in the shadows of men because of lust or pity for men. This description is full of exaggerations and Atwood also indicates how
Swift’s, as evident in the title The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem Called The Lady’s Dressing Room. The poem creates a backstory to why Dr. Swift would write a poem that is offensive to women, which is that he had trouble getting an erection when visiting a prostitute – and too add insult to injury, he had to pay for the encounter. While Montagu’s wit is on display in full force, the poem is a well-argued response, in addition to being vindictive. The poem is so pointed with personal attacks that it would be greatly applauded in an contemporary poetry slam or rap battle, perhaps more so than it was in 17-18th century
John Updike’s “A&P” demonstrates through several methods the struggle that unwritten principle can place on women in their search for individuality and personal freedom from oppression. Sammy’s thoughts demonstrate this very concept, as well as Queenie’s actions as an independent woman, and the unfair and morally unjust establishment of a woman’s place by the oppressive male characters. With these ideas, Queenie is clearly represented as an innocent feminist who is ultimately shunned by her male oppressors. Sammy, the typical male totalitarian, is very much condescending towards the story’s female characters, automatically assuming ignorance on the part of them.
It’s likely that he thought the world was full of abusive people, like his mother, so he found it essential to state his dominance therefore, supporting the dangerousness of world theory. His mother also could of given him the idea that woman only serve to meet sexual needs of men which is another and men’s sex drive is uncontrollable and exacerbated by women when she told him the stories of men at work. The last theory is entitlement or the idea that some individuals are superior and more deserving. With Ridgway being treated badly by his mother he might look at himself as deserving to hurt women because one hurt him.
However, Jill Singer in her opinion piece argues that the Burka should be banned as it is a symbol of oppression and inequality. Singer emphasises that the burka is “a symbol of subservience that turns woman into prisoners”. Singer makes good use of negative connotations such as “oppression”, “masochist” and “subservience” to generate an emotional response in the reader. The readership can be caught up in Singer’s heightened state of empathy for the women who are treated as worthless and objects of oppression. By drawing on the reader’s emotion, Singer is able to position the reader to think that in a modernised society, women should not be treated unequally to such an extent, thus making them side with her.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, particular characters have some sort of disguise that allows them to deceive others. In the epic, there is also a demonstration of inequality between men and women. The idea of guile in The Odyssey was raised multiple times throughout the epic and it was often considered to be wisdom. From the beginning of the epic, we see characters praising men for their “wisdom” and women are oppressed for the majority of their actions, including lying.
Both the article Oppression by Marilyn Frye and the article Feminism is for everybody that includes men by Katherine Fritz both talk about the way women are demoralized by society on what society assumes about the person not what they know about the individual. That just because a woman dresses sexy does not mean she is sexually easy or deserves to be called derogatory names or harassed or worse raped. There should also not be one set of rules for men and another set for women. If a man has multiple sexual partners, he is labeled a stud and if a woman has the same number of sexual partners, she is labeled a whore or slut. Society attaches labels to us since birth, which is where female oppression starts.
The speakers in the two poems; “To Coy His Mistress” and “My Last Duchess”, were flawed due to the ignorance of their view of women; given that all they believe is that women are on earth to please every man’s need, which is mainly sex. The similarities, and differences, between the two speakers of the two poems, show the real intentions of the speakers have towards the women in the two poems. The speakers in the poem had one belief about women, they are only meant to make men happy and feel good. The imagery used in “To Coy His Mistress” helps create a better mental picture of what the speaker wanted from the woman.
A disturbing phenomenon has begun in today’s culture. Media expects women to look like girls and girls to look like women. This is caused by the media’s constant sexual objectification of women and young girls. They are portrayed as objects of desire with no discernable personality for men. The article, "Understanding Sexual Objectification: A Comprehensive Approach Toward Media Exposure and Girls ' Internalization of Beauty Ideals, Self-Objectification, And Body Surveillance," provides a diagram of the cycle of objectifying media and the reaction by female consumers.
Most of the time, such advertisements highly enforce sex roles, which is a social construction of certain behaviors and characteristics attributed to each sex (Carter, 2012). When an individual, as well as others, are constantly critiquing themselves in terms of how well they measure up the societal expectations, the emphasis placed on looks has become more of a public sport than ever before (Grazian, 2010). The media is mostly to blame for the damage invoked upon women due to the inaccurate and unrealistic images that continue to be presented. By the media presenting women as passive, flawless, inactive, and submissive, the messages sent to viewers is that women are
Later when Janie marries Jody Starks, we see another example of a member of the “in-group” enforcing the negative stereotypes the dominant culture has imposed upon them. Jody remembers the “other men figuratively wallowing in” Janie’s hair (55). He has her cover it up because “she was there in the store for him to look at, not those others” (55). Janie’s hair is a symbol of her sexuality and womanhood. Janie remarks that when Jody forced her to start wearing the scarf, their sexual relationship suffered.