In William Shakespeare’s famous historical play, Richard II, the character of King Richard is portrayed from the very beginning as a very fluctuating character. King Richard displays a nonexistent connection with his country; which for a man that was raised to be a king, shows a lack of control both over himself and the country. During the course of the play it is shown that his ultimate flaw was thinking like a man, instead of a king. As a man, he saw himself above his people and as a king, he failed to notice the political situations that led to his demise; coupled with his godlike thoughts of himself, King Richard was not a tragic hero, but a tragic fool. King Richard thought like a man instead of a king and this lead him to not only losing his tittle, but his credibility.
This recreation of a chauvinistic society of the future evidently leads to the gender oppression of females. Women in either detrimental society is subjugated to fear as a means to prevent their antagonism. In light of this, the men’s authority would not be compromised with fear being a necessary tool. The correlation of fear in women is depicted explicitly in The Handmaid’s Tale as well. Offred is constantly being driven by the fear of being sterile.
On the contrary, Hester’s character portrays individualism, rebellious and brave although she had to go through hard times. Later we have found that even society has admiration towards Hester. Additionally, Hester’s courage can be seen when she was brought to Scaffold to condemn her punishment for adultery where she was asked to confess the name of her lover. She does not confess even when she was being mocked and made to wear the Scarlet letter “A” which marks of an adulterous. She stands boldly, though she felt devastating inside.
Throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie faces the challenge of being herself and being what society expects of her. Her marriages show how she attempts to be herself and illustrate the stereotypical views of the female sex. Moreover, her husbands struggle in an attempt to fulfill their dreams, with varying degrees of success. Even though the quoted passage is the first thing in the book, it summarizes and captures the struggles experienced by characters like Janie, Jody, and Logan. The passage describes the fundamental difference between genders by talking about what happens to the dreams of men and women, and how people behave differently.
For example, Celie developed a strong character and was now standing up for herself and Mr._______ now looked at Celie with other eyes and started to feel actual emotions towards her. In another case, Moraima Oyola took her situations as an experience for a positive outcome. Both had an alteration in their way of thinking and acting, which is why they are an example to other women. When receiving abuse of any kind women usually keep it to themselves because they fear things will get worst. Fortunately, in the society we are living today our laws protect us from this abuse.
Women are God’s instruments to defend the powerless and to even established their hopes by educating them appropriately in the wisdom of God in order that they may fearfully live and obey according to God’s Word and become empowered servants of the “Great commission” in spreading the Gospel of love, life, peace, unity and freedom in the world. Nelle Morton has already started challenging men’s behavior towards women in the culture and the church’s prejudice in discriminating women’s leadership; thus, women should continue to commit themselves for the church to hear women speech for equality and understand the greater significance for women to interpret and communicate their theology. Like Nelle, women have to keep motivating and providing hope to a generation of women
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence Women in Love Themes Marriage and Work The four central characters of Lawrence’s novel test the expectations of their society, chiefly through their unconventional attitudes toward the institutions of marriage and work. Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen are spirited and independent women, although they are not from the upper class. Meanwhile, Gerald and Birkin are their social superiors, but both men are drawn to the Brangwens and pursue marriages that defy social norms. Birkin views the hyper productivity of the modern era as a mistake, and thinks that work cannot save humanity. Gerald meanwhile throws himself into his work, but believes in the advancement of technology as a means of mastering the material of the
August Wilson describes the life of Troy as someone who feels he is being oppressed and how different the culture was when his was a child growing up compared to his children’s lives. Troy’s outlook on life is more narrow minded however, his family is more optimistic for a better future. Troy was raised by a very dominate male figure who was abusive. His father would be little him and made him like he would not be able to overcome racism. Troy despised his father who was mean and never showed him any love.
However, this pain is not unique to one woman. “Still I Rise” gives examples of the struggle of not only being a woman, but of being human and being aware that acceptance is not an easy thing to come by. The poem recognizes the fact that “their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom”(King). The key to a strong society is to accept history as it happens so it can be changed for the better. In the poem, Angelou simplifies the relationship between the progress of the individual and the progress of the people because humanity is responsible for both its history and the future.
Due to his father’s lack of interest and involvement in Tommy’s life, and the death of his mother, he has grown up without confidence and the ability to make wise decisions. The central conflict of this novel is external i.e., man vs. man. This conflict involves Tommy and his father, Dr. Adler. Tommy seeks approval from his father and feels that his father sees him as a burden and failure. Tommy desperately wants that father-son connection.