In Chaucer’s, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” we as readers get to experience the story of a Knight’s journey to find the answer to the question: What is it that every woman desires? The Knight is given the task by the queen with permission from her husband. This story is told by the Wife of Bath who is introduced to us in “The General Prologue” by Chaucer. In the prologue we get insight as to who the Wife of Bath is by her experiences as a woman who has been married five times and how she wants authority over her husbands. Throughout the story of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” we see the recurring theme of power; whether it is women’s power over their husbands, the old woman’s power over the knight, or the handing over of power to man.
Beowulf’s second epic battle is against another monster—Grendel’s mother. Heorot Hall went from celebrating Beowulf’s victory in the epic battle against Grendel to lose their precious victory trophy—Grendel’s hand. In the block quotation below, readers are able to realize that Grendel’s mother is shocked with the death of her son. Not being mentally resilient, Grendel’s mother is unable accept her son’s death; this causes her to invade Heorot Hall and steal her son’s “bloodied hand.” Nonetheless, readers are also able to conclude that will attempt to seek revenge for he son’s
Howell’s Editha is about a woman who is obsessed with war. She wants her fiancé George, to go to the war so he can prove his love for her. George winds up going to the war and getting killed. Before, she knew he would accept her offer, she wrote a letter to break up with him and she put it in a show box. When she got the news she went to his mother’s house, and kept her promise to him to take care of her.
Next, character archetypes follow. Westley also plays the role of the initiates, heroes that have to undergo training and ceremony before undertaking the quest. His initiation begins when he stays with the pirates and learns more about sword fighting and bravery. The devil figure is Prince Humperdinck, he tries to make the princess love him, but he fails and at the end kills her true love. He separated them apart, but he came back for the princess.
Towards the beginning of the story when Creon wants to punish her for burying her brother, Antigone begs him to kill her, as “[His] talking is a great weariness.” (2.95) Not only is she trying to show disrespect by rushing the king, but is doing so arrogantly, putting herself above him for that brief moment. Although she starts off in the play as this naive and arrogant character, towards the end she develops a sort of humility and knowledge that she is doomed in a fate out of her control. She realizes fate is “Operative for ever, beyond man utterly. [Antigone] knew [she] must die...” (2.64). She accepts knowledge of her end, and lives on with it.
This creates as awkward dynamic between the two, for the relationship he craves seems to romantic, yet Cordelia knows better than to allow this to be true. As a result of his damaged masculinity, Lear banishes her, to regain what he has lost in his masculine authority. As the play progresses and his daughters turn against him, he loses all his followers and his power, representative of his masculinity. In the end, he is left with nothing, and is beaten in battle by his daughter; the ultimate in masculinity defeated by
In this case, both love & hate are shown. After hearing that Romeo has slain Tybalt & will be banished, Juliet cries for a long while about Romeo’s banishment, telling her parents it is due to Tybalt’s death. Her parents, feeling they need to do something to stop her endless weeping, set up a second marriage for her (not knowing about the first one) to the county Paris. When Lord Capulet tells her of this, instead of having his expected reaction, she refuses. Her father becomes enraged with her & begins to hate her actions, and tells her she will not be a part of the Capulet family anymore unless she accepts.
In "The Taming of the Shrew,” Shakespeare draws Kate 's character as an aggressive woman that nobody wants to marry her. On the other hand, Kate 's character is misunderstood by the male characters around her. She might be acting rudely as a result of feeling insulted by the idea that her father wants her to marry any man that would take her. The fact that she feels not respected and unequal to any man makes her act as cruel and tough as any man can be. By the end of the play she understood that there is no other way of gaining the respect and support she desires unless by conforming to her society 's ideas and act as an obedient
Hamlet seeks revenge to avenge his father’s death, he starts to plot his plan into motion; for revenge is more powerful than everything else. Hamlet is not eager to kill his uncle thus he awaits until the mere end. Agamemnon is the complete opposite to Hamlet’s character as he murders Clytemnestra’s husband to marry her,
This makes marriage more open in the sense of being able to choose versus being chosen. As the title suggests, Pride and Prejudice are a main concern for Women and their marriages. If a woman chooses to be with someone she loves, even if it means being poor, she also loses her honor within the society and even her family’s honor. In Austen’s novel, this can be seen through Lydia Bennet. She runs away with her lover, Wickham, and ruins not only her reputation - but her families as well, “Elizabeth’s power was sinking; everything must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance 3 of the deepest disgrace.