Atwood parodies the way some of the religious right may perceive women in which they are important for creating life by introducing handmaids, women who have been reduced into only their procreative purposes. Another technique that was used is when she parodies the way traditional families’ wives take on the names of their husband. In the story, handmaids are named “Of” plus the name of their commander, criticizing how changing the surnames makes it seem like the men are the owners of the women. The way these issues were satirized in the story are effective because of the role of the main character. It would be difficult to not sympathize with a victim of a totalitarian society that oppresses women to a much greater extent than to that of men.
In fact, women were considered to be property of men whether they be wives or daughters. This is shown when Desdemona verbally stated to her father her roles as a female and defended her actions that he disapproved of. She said in response to his disappointment, “ To you I am bound for life and education… You are the lord of duty” (I.iii. 208-212). This
If women wanted to do anything other than care for the household, they would be looked down upon and titled as an unfit mother or wife. The Canterbury Tales displayed women as an ideology that women could not hold power and that beauty could be obtained by altering their appearance for women to become attributes for men. In this society, Chaucer is sympathetic to women while also realizing that men own women. The Wife of Bath went through five husbands, each giving her just what she wanted. All of her marriages taught her something different, either you get love or your give love.
The dominance of gender or social roles shown on women, particularly Miss Emily, may be seen as harsh or unfair. In the story, the role of women in society was that men were their superiors, better than they were. Faulkner believes that women should take the backseat to men. At the very beginning of the story Faulkner makes the statement, "When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women out of curiosity to see the inside of her house" (99). He makes the readers beliefs of gender roles clearer by basically saying men attended with honor and respect but the women only went to be nosey.
“So Bisclavret was betrayed, / ruined by his own wife” (line 125-126, emphasis added). The addition of “own” emphasizes the [wrongness] of what his wife did not just because she did it but because she did it as his wife. Wives should be faithful to their husbands, and while Bisclavret’s wife did not have to stay with him (because he is, after all, a monster), she has promised herself to another man and stripped Bisclavret of his title, his lands, his humanity, his
Elizabethan England was a time from the mid 1500 to the late 1600 where woman were dependent on the man because it was their only way to a positive status in society. Throughout William Shakespeare’s drama “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” there are many themes one encounters while reading, but throughout the acts a theme that recurs often is marriage. It is shown in the play that marriage is mostly arranged and/or forced by men, and proves that woman never had a say in how their life went. They obeyed the man’s wishes as their life went on. Men’s decisions overpowered those of women, certain roles in society were to only to be fulfilled by men, and finally women were considered as prizes to be won.
In the play Antigone, Sophocles demonstrates the conflict between family and God through the characters of Antigone, Ismene and Creon. Antigone being ambitious and strong willed throughout the play, fights for his brothers honor and proper burial while Ismene on the other hand, is more timid fears the consequences that may occur if the laws are broken. For Creon he is the King and holds most power, until the Gods feel he is incapable. Antigone, Ismene and Creon all use logical and emotional appeals to achieve a compromise to either bury Polynices or not. Antigone uses both logical and emotional appeals to persuade her sister Ismene that their brother Polyneices should be honored and have a proper burial.
In today’s society, we have defined certain characteristics that males and females are expected to meet in order to meet social standards. For example, men are supposed to be strong and brave, while women are weak and rely on the men to take care of them. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife do whatever it takes to make sure that he obtains and remains in power. In the lives of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the stereotypical gender roles reverse, and as the story continues, they revert back to the expected characteristics. According to the typical social standards, women are supposed to be submissive to men.
In Shakespeare’s two plays, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew patterns of domination and submission are explored in relation to the shared issue of gender and power contained in each play. In Shakespeare’s time, women were expected to carry themselves a certain way to maintain the honor of their families. Shakespeare writes Othello and The Taming of the Shrew in the Elizabethan era which readers can see by the way the male figures in the plays see their women as property than human beings. By writing from the Elizabethan point-of-view, it effects the way each play is perceived as behavior previously seen as acceptable may now be viewed as unacceptable from a feminist perspective. For example, in The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio dehumanizes Katharina’s character which results in Katharina’s submission to her husband, Petruchio.
In the Victorian era, gender inequality was daily life. Men were most often the dominant power in a relationship whereas women were expected to be pure and innocent. In an era of arranged marriages, women belonged to their husbands and were attached to their households. However, Wilde has questioned these gender roles and created rather independent and powerful female characters in the play. Though Lady Bracknell and Jack have to give their consent as an approval of marriage to their wards, Gwendolen and Cecily, women show dominance over men in each relationship.