On the other hand, Miranda maintains her role as the servant to her father and then Ferdinand. Despite this, her bachelorette status plays a key role in giving Prospero power over the Dukedom. Her marriage to Ferdinand gives Prospero the connection to Alonso he needs in order for his plan to be successful. Lastly, Claribel represents the ideal woman of England who obeys her father with her participation in an arranged marriage. Nonetheless, she has power, as she acquires political and economic ties between the two countries that only a marriage could achieve.
In their defence they often reference to her small talks with Macbeth, where her opinions often surpass his (1; 7; 72-74). But, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is no feminist lady. Throughout the play, she is viewed by the audience as a selfish female character, consumed with ambition to successfully bring the witches prophecy of Macbeth becoming king into reality. Unlike, Macbeth who tends to carry out his deeds holily, Lady Macbeths ambition completely disgraces the definition of feminist, believing regicide of faithful leader King Duncan is the way to gain power. Macbeths strong values, belies and attitudes of King Duncan, created a series of doubts towards Lady Macbeths idea, since.
Griselda fulfil the king's every single whim, even though it hurts her. She behaves as if she were his servant, not a wife. Her husband does not consider her as a queen or attractive woman due to her descent. To his mind, she is much worse than him, an obedient peasant who will never say "no". Thirdly, the king has difficulty in trusting and confiding her, in spite of fulfilling his will impeccably.
Elizabethan England was a time from the mid 1500 to the late 1600 where woman were dependent on the man because it was their only way to a positive status in society. Throughout William Shakespeare’s drama “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” there are many themes one encounters while reading, but throughout the acts a theme that recurs often is marriage. It is shown in the play that marriage is mostly arranged and/or forced by men, and proves that woman never had a say in how their life went. They obeyed the man’s wishes as their life went on. Men’s decisions overpowered those of women, certain roles in society were to only to be fulfilled by men, and finally women were considered as prizes to be won.
In my paper, I would like to argue the importance of Miranda in The Tempest as an only female character that is seen through the play. Miranda is not an important character just for her father Prospero, but also for the other characters. For Caliban to show his hidden brave, for Ferdinand being the rescuer and wonder; but is Miranda really important in this play? Would it be a different life for the characters or has she no sufficient effect on them? First of all, all the women characters in the play should be analyzed but it is known that there is only one woman character is seen.
The queen has no say against her husband and she must sneak behind his back to meet with her love; her relationship with the nephew is illegal and could potentially give the king the right to do whatever he wishes to her. Women were powerless against their husbands, let alone him being the king, and often most marriages were loveless and forced upon the women who must obey as they are not allowed their own voice. Marie De France’s texts often depicted women’s incapability to escape loveless marriage and she often sided with the female making them victims but emphasizing their resourcefulness; she furthers this point by adding a negative side on patriarchy of this time and mocking the social order (Snodgrass 193), where the king shows the queen his power through exiling her true love, but she still manages to meet with him despite the king. The only power the queen truly has is over her own subjects, such as her knight’s and
Silber. Its main points focused on the antagonist mother-daughter dynamics as they appear in fairy tales. I was particularly interested to discover the role of the wicked stepmother in the heroine’s path toward “femininity” (Fisher and Silber 123). In this source, the authors discus that in the absence of the heroine’s true and righteous mother, her pathological stepmother is “the only available, living ‘model’ of feminine maturity” (124). And since the stepmother was put under severe social criticism, the heroine’s ‘reaction’ was to associate herself with “the passive, feminine identity of the first queen, avoiding any identification with the active principle embodied in the characterization of the bad mother/witch” (124).
That these are not stories of women, but stories of female role models determined and fostered by the strongly developed patriarchal ideology.” (Fuch, 1999 ). Through the way in which Esther embodies these values, she is seen as a woman who can only follow orders. Scholar Bea Wyler state sthat “Queen Esther remains bound to the decrees of men... She has no influence to bring to bear on this state of affairs for herself or for other women, due to her blindness about her situation as a woman; at the single moment when power is concentrated in her feminine hand, she hands it all over to Mordecai (Brenner-Idan, 1995). Through this Esther is not seen as a role model as she doesn’t stand up against the patriarchal
Women had no rights and were considered inferior to men .they were supposed to be seen and not to be heard. In the merchant of Venice Shakespeare gives a significant role to the women. Even though there are only three women, they show great qualities of being independent, of having intelligence and strength. She hath directed .Jessica shows great strength when she runs away from her father’s house to marry a Christian stealing her father’s precious and valuable jewels. For women to this at those times were considered rare and unusual.
Moreover, he punishes Ellen, saying "these cunning women are worst of all" (xiv.48), and hangs her. Although he did not find any sign of the devil in Alice's body, he tries to make her confess of being a witch. Susan shows how women can remain unconscious of their oppression. Margery, who is wealthier than some other woman was also oppressed by her husband Jack. She is suppressed by her husband as she is economically dependent on her husband as he is the head of the family and superior to her.