In the Miller’s tale, After little reluctance, Alison acquiesces to leave her old husband John for the younger, more romantic Nicholas, a college student who lives with the couple. Alison demonstrates this desire as “My husband is so full of jealousy/Unless you watch your step and hold your breath/I know for certain it will be your death” (Chaucer 91). This elaborates that Alison has a desire or at least no moral qualms about leaving her previous husband for a much more sensual lover, with the only obstacle in her way being her husband's jealousy. Even the jealousy has no effect on her demonstrating that her fears for Nicholas’s safety are trumped by her love and desire for him. Additionally, Alison further represents the desire for such a lover compared to her cuckolded husband.
Henry had a girl, Mary, from his previous marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Anne was pregnant when she and Henry were married, and they had strong hopes that it would be the male heir to the throne that they were hoping for. However, this did not happen for them: “When Anne gave birth in 1533, the king was disappointed but still had hopes that Anne would bear him a son.” (PBS 1). Anne Boleyn, having her own legitimate daughter, did not have a good relationship with Mary. It is said that Anne did not favor Mary, and that Mary did not even acknowledge that Anne was queen: “Anne possessed a great hatred for Mary and had even urged Henry to put her to death” (“Anne” 1).
In Act I Scene III, her brother Laertes and father Polonius tell her that Hamlet will not marry her since he is the heir to the throne, he may choose to marry whomever he pleases. Ophelia believes, however, that Hamlet does truly love her, even though he denied it in the Nunnery Scene. This is an example of how Ophelia is hesitant on making her own decisions but chooses
Women were expected to be innocent, reliant on men, intuitive and religious which were the roots of the social conventions and norms which administered women’s lives. However, even though Ellen was dimmed as not fitting in the high society of New York, she continues with her life rather tranquilly and self-assuredly while she has only a few rare moments of doubting the path she takes. It is not because of the norms that she flees to Paris, but out of respect for Archer. In chapter twelve, she discusses and speaks quite confidently with Archer about her intention to secure a divorce. You can clearly reflect on the stark contrast between May, who is more submissive and traditional, to Ellen, who fights confidently as a woman.
After the victory at Orleans, Joan was nicknamed “The Maid of Orleans”. She became a very well known leader, even though Charles still did not have full trust in her after her victory in overtaking the English army. After her success she continued to push Charles to hurry to Reims to be crowned. He and his advisors did not want to rush anything so they took their time on getting there and getting crowned. They finally entered Reims on July 18, 1429 and Charles was crowned Charles VII with Joan at his side.
She began secret negotiations with the Pope soon after becoming queen. At first, Mary was a good, kind queen, and the people were glad to be under her rule. That is, right up until the Wyatt rebellion, after which, the fear that overcame Mary led to the burning of the Protestants. Mary decided to marry her cousin, Philip of Spain. However, rumors were started that there were uprisings against the Spanish match.
Even in her agreement with her mother’s suggestion to marry Paris, there is passive rebellion. Both Romeo and Juliet have a distant relationship with their parents, respecting them out of filial love, or storagé. “Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour”(1.3.12). Juliet is closer to her nurse than her mother, while Romeo is closer to his friends than his parents. Their family feud and their parents will go against their love, but they will persist nonetheless.
While she is initially presented in a negative light when compared to her beautiful sister, Bianca, Katherine is then presented positively when she decides to conform to her husband’s wishes—in both behavioral and ideological fashions. Other conflicts within the play are created by Lucentio’s courting of Bianca in spite of her father’s wishes and Christopher Sly’s confused identity. No character is seen as the pure primary protagonist in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Rather, the play is spattered with numerous characters who eventually comprise three separate and differing couples. These couples are as follows: Katherine and Petruchio, Lucentio and Bianca, and Hortensio and a widow who is a much more minor character. In addition to these couples, Bianca’s father, Baptista is a force in the play who initially restricts the Bianca-Lucentio marriage.
The book states, “ ...bring thee cords made like a tackled stair, which to the high topgallant of my joy must be my convoy in the secret night,” (222). Romeo did state before that he wanted to take Rosaline’s maidenhead but she declined; now, he has Juliet to do that with. It seems that way because he says it is the highest point of his joy. Then, in the article it says, “Romeo expresses to Friar Lawrence, that unlike Rosaline, Juliet returns his love, that being one of the reasons he loves her,” (Urena). Romeo only loves Juliet because she is the only girl that is willing to show him affection, that is absolutely not true love.
The questioning of social norms can be seen in the passage in which Gwendolen asks Jack to marry her. It was also Jack’s intention, but her forward and brave attitude comes across as modern, and even nowadays it is not the usual move for a woman to ask a man to marry her. In this way, Wilde is breaking the rules. Another example would be when Gwendolen and Cecily overcome their rivalry when they realise they both have been fooled by the two male characters. This kind of sisterhood could be seen as positive when it comes to gender roles, as many times women were represented as people that would pit against each other.
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.
The pair was thrilled, and often took to referring to Anne’s unborn child as the “prince”, even choosing names for it: Henry IX or Edward. It was a disappointment to everyone when the Princess Elizabeth was born. Anne was pregnant again by the beginning of 1534, but she miscarried — and her subsequent pregnancy, a suspected son, also ended pre-term. The failure to produce a viable heir was seen as betrayal, both by Henry and Anne herself. Considering Henry’s growing affections for one of her ladies-in-waiting, Jane Seymour, Anne knew her life was at stake.