Petruchio is a dynamic character which we see as he embarks on a journey to tame Katherine and take her as his wife. By act 3 of Taming of the Shrew, we can see that Petruchio is not only marrying Katherine due to the large dowry, but something that has nothing to do with gaining wealth. He continues to put effort into the task of Taming her, beyond the influence of the wealth that comes with marrying her. In Act 3, scene two, Petruchio states in lines 1474-1482: "Good sooth, even thus. Therefore, ha ' done with words: To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
The meaning of a shrew is a bad and aggressive woman who’s not very ladylike. So the meaning of this play is to tame or gain control of a woman which shows the way women were viewed in this time period. The Taming ofthe Shrew was written by William Shakespeare was written in 1590-1592, and in this time period women were viewed as men’s lower part, and almost as property to men. In Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, men give women a stereotype of how all wives should be Shakespeare uses character development to show the gender gap between men and women. In Taming ofthe Shrew the play starts off by introducing two sisters Bianca, and Katherine.
Role Reversal in Macbeth Stereotypes are preconceived notions identifiable in society and culture around the world. William Shakespeare utilizes the stereotypes in reference to gender roles in his romantic tragedy, Macbeth, to shape characters and advance plot. The typical characteristics between genders in the era in the play are initially revealed but are then readdressed thereafter in a complicated gender-role reversal which Shakespeare portrays the difference between women and men by how they derive the ultimate theme in Macbeth: power. To begin, Shakespeare employs his progressive view on gender in the play. Extending off of that point, Shakespeare wrote his plays in an era where women had been stereotyped as less intelligent and rational, therefore labelled as the weaker sex.
She has disturbed, horrified and intrigued both contemporary and modern audiences alike through her powerful diction. This study will focus on the way in which Shakespeare crafts his play and uses dramatic devices in his portrayal of Lady Macbeth in order to confront the gender stereotypes of the time, femininity and the natural order of society. During the early 17th century there was a substantial fear that if women were liberated from their domestic, maternal roles, the historically patriarchal society would unravel. With prevailing challenges of gender such as “When you durst do it, then you were a man” Shakespeare uses the character of Lady Macbeth to transgress the natural limits concomitant with her sex. In order to be able to answer the research question, it is vital to concretely establish the contemporary gender roles and the context of the play.
Thus it is likely that Desdemona’s, and Emilia’s, honest developments were influenced by awareness of a female audience. Furthermore, Shakespeare doubtlessly wrote Othello as somewhat of a social commentary on the patriarchal society in which he was living. Generally, women were thought of as “subjects” to the men in their lives, and were to be used at their disposable, doing whatever they demanded (Iyasere). Shakespeare even clearly points this out by means of Emilia’s speech early in the play, discussing with Desdemona why Othello was acting so aggressively about his lost
With regard to the play's plot, Bianca functions to call Cassio's credibility into question. Though Cassio is relatively respectful to Bianca, he doesn't take her seriously. Cassio laughs about how much the woman loves him, how desperate she is, and how easily beguiled she has been by his false intentions of marriage. Iago has also referred to her as a prostitute, "A house wife that by selling her desires, Buys herself bread and clothes"(IV.i.97). Shakespeare further elaborates their dismissive speech over Bianca to arouse Othello’s suspicion into conviction that Desdemona is having a love affair.
Machiavelli 's Mandragola tells the story of an Italian nobleman, Callimaco who returns to Italy from Paris after learning about an astonishingly beautiful woman known as Lucrezia. Despite Lucrezia being married, Callimaco is conniving and uses means of corruption to seduce her. His actions are successful and eventually Lucrezia submits to his negative influence. A prevalent theme in Mandragola that is often reflected in politics is dishonesty and deception in order to achieve a selfish goal. In contrast, Oedipus the King, tells the story of a once power and capable leader whose pride leads to a personal and political demise.
‘Dracula’ is a modern play which is adapted, by Liz Lochhead, from the classic horror novel written by Bram Stoker. The play is set during the Victorian era and develops the key themes that were prevalent during this era such as sexual hypocrisy. Lochhead’s unusual approach paces much more significance on the female characters, in particular, Mina and Lucy and puts much less significance on the more well-known and traditional main characters Dracula and Van Helsing. This repression of sexual desires is expressed as Lucy struggles to cope with the social convention of how Victorian women had to behave. In the opening scene, Lucy has conflicting elements in her character and struggles to cope with social convention as Liz Lochhead describes
She goads Macbeth and convinces him to murder King Duncan. During this period of time Lady Macbeth’s masculine traits are at their peak, as she states “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” (Act 1, Scene). This phrase is vital in Lady Macbeth’s character development as it emphasizes the masculinity that she portrays. As contemporary audiences are much more open minded about gender equality, are the dominance of Lady Macbeth in the relationship between her and Macbeth is not surprising. However, as this play is based in the Jacobean times and was staged during the 1600’s, this characterisation of Lady Macbeth by Shakespeare was extremely contentious and controversial, as females didn’t have much authority in a relationship when compared to
Dionysus granted Midas his wish to have the ability to turn every thing he touched to gold. This wish had terrible consequences that Midas soon came to regret but money it seems in this poem is indifferent to this and is even rather boastful about it. Moneys uncaring, arrogant attitude is further developed by the use of religious allusion in “turn bread to hard cash” which references to Jesus who was able to turn water to wine and bread. This shows that money believes cash to be more beneficial to humanity than wine and bread, which links back to the theme of money being the universal language. This relates to the prostitute as she was selling her body in order to obtain cash and this is further added to with the use of rhetorical questions in “Do you fancy me lady?
In his Highbrow/Lowbrow The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America (The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization, 1986), Lawrence Levine reviews the American public culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. He believes that American public culture was shared across classes through the mid-nineteenth century. By the later nineteenth century, the upper classes began to divide culture into hierarchal categories, and labels of "high" and "low" came to expressive culture, such as Shakespearean drama, opera, and orchestral music, as well as institutions such as museums. The first thing in this book that surprised me is that how popular that Shakespearean drama, opera, and orchestral music were, and more important, how well these nowadays so-believed "high" arts integrated well with magicians, acrobats, and comics, such today so-believed "low" expressive forms. In the nineteenth century, Shakespearean drama, opera, and orchestral music were
Finding a partner for marriage during the Regency era was through courtships, and courtship were more based on the money and same social classes. Do not considered as marrying below themselves. When Lady Catherine heard about her nephew Darcy fall in love with Elizabeth which she was in the lower social class as him, she told Elizabeth, “My daughter and my nephew are formed for each other. They are descended on the maternal side, from the same noble line;”. Lady Catherine’s metaphor demonstrated that she thinks Elizabeth is too poor to marry Mr Darcy.
Many fathers in that day in age, especially those belonging to the upper-class, had arranged marriages for their daughters and Moliere’s blow to planned marriages most likely greatly upset them. For a man to come and tell the public what they are doing or what they have done is seen as a comedy, is rather upsetting and degrading to say the least. During the time period of when Tartuffe was written, planned marriages were prevalent, but mostly only in the upper-class. Women who descended from a wealthy family, was most commonly arranged a marriage in order to sustain wealth and land. When individualism and free thinking came about, women began to urn for true love in a husband.