The most that characters can hope for are two things: their reputations stay intact and the reader has a higher respect for said reputation by the end of the story. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House revolves a housewife’s secret in nineteenth century Norway and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac tells a tale about the love of a man with a physical flaw. In the two stories, reputation is either given up for love or put first. But in what order the characters rank honor is when the fates of each character will truly be decided.
In compliance of those rigid feudal ideas that accentuates female subordination, Madam Liu emerges as the prime antagonist despite of the outlaws, making herself a sharp opposite to Young Mistress, her wilful daughter-in-law. Madame Liu practices matriarchy in the household, and the indisputable power she possesses is evident by her absolute control on the life and death of Young Mistress. It is her who proceeds the wedding, calls for a chastity test and decides the form of punishment endorsed on Young Mistress . With a closer speculation however, Madame Liu derives her power from maintaining the status quo of male privilege. She practises chastity after her husband’s death personally, and goes further to consolidate her power by passing her own distress on her daughter-in-law, saying: “fame is the noblest of all possessions in life” ([人過留名，雁過留聲。我守了二十多年的寡，也是從苦水裏熬出來的]).
She lets Romeo kiss her the very first time they encounter and decides that she loves him in that short time span. She could defend her purity and said no to Romeo’s proposal because of the time span. Even after she finds out he is a Montague, she decides to run off and get secretly married knowing it would enrage her father. She could decide that marriage is too soon as she did before Romeo. In addition to this, the nurse inquires,“Are you going to say good things about the man who killed your cousin?”
(3.2.76-77). Juliet feels conflicted and confused when she finds out that Romeo killed her cousin. This reflects in the quote and a similar frustration is visible in the lyrics of “I Hate You I Love You”. Both Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the modern song, “I Hate You
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, two characters, Othello the valiant black-male and the innocent Cassio, interact with a deceitful figure who leads them to their downfall . These two men share some personality traits – including their gullibility and impulsivity, but each is also quite unique. For example, Othello is valiant, confident and strong-willed, which is why he is given the general position. These traits can best be seen throughout the play when Othello leads the battle against the Turkish fleets without backing down. After, returning from his venture, Othello is faced with the concern that his wife Desdemona was cheating on him, as told by Iago.
In the story of Cupid and Psyche, love is found, along with trust. The story of Cupid and Psyche starts out with Psyche being the most beautiful of all her sisters. While her sisters are married, Psyche is still alone, admired but never loved. While being left on the mountain side she awaits the mean monster of a husband that the oracle of Apollo said she would receive. Instead, she is delivered into a palace of a house and at night she meets her husband, Cupid.
At first Freud strongly believed in the idea of many authors collaborating to write all these plays and sonnets, however, he lost that belief due to several trouble in his life surrounding his research and theories, and moved on to the belief that the Earl of Oxford was the true author of the Shakespearian works. Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, fit the profile well as he was a well educated man, who was well traveled , and many of the events in his life were similar to those in Shakespeare’s plays. Part of the reason as to how Looney arrived at the Earl of Oxford was that he began by setting a long list of traits and from there he began by analysing Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis, which he found to be in the same form as another poem by none other than Edward de Vere. Looney knew nothing about the Earl of Oxford so in order to continue with his theory he became an expert on Edward de Vere and realized he not only fit all the criteria he had set, but his life was
It attacks him and later on circled and waited and watched for another chance to assault Kingshaw. The attack of the crow is a clear indication of Hooper as it was shown to be merciless, cruel and vindictive. The crow appearance differences to other crows also apply the same way to Hooper ‘Enormous wings, scarlet mouth, the biggest crow he had ever seen’ page 30. To both Kingshaw and Hooper, the crow was different and it was something they have never seen before. The scarlet mouth of the crow is a way of showing ‘blood-thirsty’ which also applies to Hooper vindictive, wicked nature.
Juliet and Desdemona as victims or heroines William Shakespeare’s female characters were created as submissive, weak woman who are victimised by the people around them, especially the men. Desdemona was smothered to death with a pillow by her own husband, Othello, because he thought she was cheating on him. Juliet was seen as weak because she killed herself in order to be with Romeo. Ann-Marie MacDonald plays on this and turns the characters around by making them strong feminist women with feelings but with faults as well. She recreated Desdemona to be a strong woman who would stand up for her self.
Jane Austen’s Emma opens with a straightforward, strong statement “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich” ; although a bit unusual and slightly vain, Austen has brought Emma as an emasculated heroine making her a suited character to a patriarchal society. On the other hand the thoughtful head of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and his hatred of women shown by occasional exclaims and verbally aggressive behavior “Frailty, thy name is woman!” represent women as being worthy only of their beauty, purity and fragility, and as so can be very easily manipulated and subdued. Never could he forgive his mother for submitting to her desires as he could not perceive her of having them to begin with, but instead of being submitted into having them as
She knew what she wanted and she went for it. Like any young teenager she was at a crossroads throughout the entire play. In the end she was abandoned by her family and saw no other option than to fake her death and wait for Romeo to return. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication and Romeo was dead by the time Juliet awoke.