Women’s power to seduce men signifies their importance and superiority over men. Contrary to popular belief at the time, women play highly significant roles towards heroes and the male figures in The Odyssey. They give them aid, try to trick them, or seduce them with their irresistible looks. The women may not play the hero or partake in the main conflict, but they remain in the background, influencing the men in many ways. There are many other roles that women play, but these are the most
"Medea" is a revolutionary tragic drama written by Euripides in 430 BC. The whole play focuses on Medea, a powerful and brave woman who is symbolising the women of ancient Greek. Her influence in Corinth reflects the male dominance in the Greek society. Her values are identical to a man's values thus she is considered as a contrast of Greek women who were suppressed by their men. She committed crimes which were barbarous yet she was able to leave behind a civilised message of women's rights and their respect.
What is worth mentioning in Sophocles’ play is that he not only showed the weak side of women but also the strong ones. For example, Ismene is the traditional role of women in ancient Greek—coward, fear of men power and feeble. For Ismene, "we must remember we were born women, not meant to strive with men" (Antigone). She even chose to die with Antigone while hearing her sentence, for she was afraid that she would be alone, she could not be able to fight against Creon, this men-dominant society. In contrast, her sister Antigone presents the “women power”.
She was intelligent and had courage to go her own way. She was a wife, a mother and lover but at the same time a cold hearted ruler that tried to eliminate everyone that stood in her way not caring if it was a stranger or a family member. We don’t have a lot of resources out of her personal perspective but the resources that we do have, paint a picture of a strong woman that lost and regained her throne, was able to make choices that helped expand her countries wealth and territory. She was resourceful with knowledge about Alchemy, Politics, different cultures and languages. She survived the death of her first love and even though afterwards she loved again she was a changed person, colder and more focused on personal gains that anything else.
Being a woman of color in the 1920’s was no easy task. Gender and racial inequalities have made progress throughout history, however during the time of this novel, and even in our modern day world they are still present and causing conflict. This is an issue that should be focused on and taken more seriously. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie does a fantastic job overcoming several of these inequalities in order to pursue her own happiness, overall depicting her as an extremely powerful role model for young
Comportment texts portrays women as submissive, virtue and moral individuals that since childhood were trained to absolutely obey their fathers and future husbands.However, this differs with the insight reality of medieval women. In the shipman's tale females convey the roles of materialistic and sexual object beings.Chaucer illustrate medieval women as ambitious individuals that seek equality in male homogeny society, and belong to high social status. In the Shipman's tale The wife represents a materialistic and unhappy wife with her husband ( the merchant). The wife is discontented with the the merchant due to his unwillingness to buy her expensive clothing and jewelry.So, She is manipulative and capable of doing anything for monetary gain.That is why her decision of sleeping with the monk that borrow her 100 francs to buy clothing.Chaucer at some point satirize the image of women in general for their attempts to gain power during Medieval times.The fact is that during the Middle Ages, Women were seeking social equality with men. Since women lived in a patriarchal society whose roles were to obtain absolute control over women, they had to slowly strike with the problematic of gender roles.
The role of women and gender is also seen in the Epic. Women are thought to have made decisions based on emotion and their rational instinct, but men are thought to have a mindset which is the total opposite. This is where a goddess like Ishtar is a huge example to the gender division; although she is a woman, she is seen to use her mind more like a man. The role of the mother is not necessarily pointed out throughout their culture, but in the Epic there are references to the mother, who is a divine goddess, who gives Gilgamesh his two-thirds god. Sex is a huge role in the culture and even in the religion of Mesopotamia during this time period.
This play is a perfect example of a woman, following what she believes in and accomplishing her goal. In society, women are faced with many challenges that men just don't have to deal with. To this day, women are treated as inferior to men in every setting; work, school, public and even in households. Although I do think that Sophocles did separate Antigone's character, making her more independent and unconventional than the “traditional woman,” I think that there is more to the story. Sophocles still included Haiman, making him seem more heroic due to the fact that he defends her and kills himself over her body.
In society, there seems to be a predetermined idea of what a woman should be. In antiquity, there are very powerful, strong, independent, and determined women who rose against this established sexist mentality, but because of the type of society they lived in, these women have gained a negative reputation and have become equated to characters such as Pandora, Medea, and Clytemnestra. These fictitious figures are the leading examples of what an independent and powerful woman has now become in the eyes of men, both back then and even now: a symbol for temptation, weakness, treachery, viciousness, impulsivity, irrationality, and lack of intelligence. As Athens developed into a great democracy during the golden age, law began to enforce social