HEDDA. Exactly the girl with the irritating hair that she was always showing off. An old flame of yours I’ve been told. (Act-I, 24) Hedda sees Mrs. Elvsted’s hair as foolish and threatening because it represents both her femininity and her power over Lovborg, the only man that Hedda may have had feelings for. When Hedda finally enters the play, her lack of femininity is emphasized: her eyes which looks like steel-grey; cold, clear and calm are the antithesis of a feminine or womanly woman, such as Mrs. Elvsted’s for instance, whose eyes are "light blue, large, round and slightly prominent, with a startled, questioning expression" and hair is "remarkably fair, almost silver-gilt, and exceptionally thick and wavy" (Act-I, 10).
Although she was physically strong, independent, and brave, she was often impulsive towards men and those who made her feel threated (GoGreece). Artemis is important to Greek mythology because she embraces the various facets of being a strong, independent woman (GreekResearch). As a child, she requested from her father, Zeus, 6 wishes which are the following: 80 virgin nymphs to accompany her, hounds to protect her, stags to lead her chariot, bow and arrows, to be able to live purely, and most importantly, eternal virginity (ArtemisTheArcher). Because she was dedicated to living chaste, she encouraged her nymphs to stay pure as well. If her nymphs failed to be pure, she would kill them such as when Zeus seduced one of her nymphs, Artemis transformed into a
“They were in a place without pity, all pity was annihilated in Rosa” (Ozick), and yet even as “Rosa knew Magda was going to die very soon” (Ozick), she used what she described as a magic shawl to prolong her hope for her daughter’s survival. The shawl is a safe space for Rosa to give her daughter, symbolizing how strong a mother’s love is; the shawl conceals Magda’s existence, nourishing the infant for “three days and three nights" (Ozick), and keeps Magda still and mute. The shawl is absolutely necessary to Magda’s survival, but an obstacle for Stella. Without the shawl, Stella is cold and left to fend for herself. Stella "wanted to be wrapped in a shawl, hidden away, asleep..." (Ozick).
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana did many things to help the people of the world. The Princess helped the people who had leprosy. Diana 's legacy lives on because she was special, and unlike any other member of the royal family that had ever lived. She always thought that her life was unhappy because of her bulimia. Diana had a history of bulimia, and there have been reports that she threw herself down a staircase in a suicide attempt as well.
Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam makes many valid points about women’s identities in marriage. Mariam’s choices throughout the play reflect her understanding of the fact that in the world she lives there is no space for a chaste, honest, independent woman. The standards that a woman of the time are impossible and Mariam’s attempts to grapple with them are doomed to fail. After experiencing the freedom of self expression afforded to her after she believes her husband has died she is unwilling to re-enter the position of a subordinate. Mariam is aware the death is the only way to maintain the self she has created.
The differences between the play and the film, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, serve at different time to strengthen and weaken the allusion of Helena and Hermia to the mythological Greek characters their names were inspired by. As sometimes described in the play and depicted in the film, the physical appearance of the women connects and separates them from their namesakes, Hermes and Helen of Troy. Through nearly half of the play, Helena is discarded as being unwanted and even refers to herself as being “as ugly as a bear” while her namesake refers differently (MSND II, ii, 100). Being named after Helen of Troy, Helena is expected to be the most beautiful woman to have walked the earth and in the movie is depicted as so, with classically beautiful features and voluminous blonde hair, yet the play serves as a contradiction (Hoffman). Being classically beautiful in one but described as
She is portrayed as the average Greek woman, but in reality is very cunning. Though both these women are two different characters, their roles are similar, and they both are equally powerful. They are cunning; teach Xenia; develop Odysseus’ character; and an important role in their families. Athena is the cunning Goddess who guides Odysseus back to Ithaca for his family and countrymen without letting him know her reality – she disguises herself every now and then to help him by testing him and his knowledge. Though Odysseus only sees her as a
Antigone is unpleasant by sight, boney, sallow, pale looking, basically withdrawn in appearance unlike her docile and beautiful sister. Antigone isn’t what one would describe as a desirable woman in her time period. Although all of this is true, Antigone still manages to display the role of feminism in the book, with her boyish physique and her cursing her girlhood, which is a large part of being a woman in today’s society. She is the heroine that stands for what she believes in and always insisting on the pleasure of her desires, as she ignores or more likely refuses to understand the limits placed on her, as her rebel
It was almost impossible to not notice her, because everything about her caught people’s attention. ++ Demeter, Persephone’s mother, watched the girls with a kind of smugness as she chatted away with Hera. “You see, although I may not be Zeus’s first wife, I’ve got Persephone, who is far more attractive than any other children of Zeus in Mount Olympus.” Slightly annoyed, Hera shot back, “Have you not seen Hebe? ++” Persephone sighed at the sight of her mother
Yet her plans were thwarted by one of her treacherous maids. 119 The suitors curse her for her deceitful scheme, but still they praise her for her intelligence, which in turn makes her more desirable. Regardless, Penelope manipulates her suitors without violating the social role of women in ancient Greek society; in the world of the Odysseus, the social order was fixed and hierarchical and social mobility was
But that in itself shows that their deaths control her actions and her feelings. The loss of those she wished to protect are what caused Najmah to avoid her triggers. Her rejection of those who could possibly help her heal from her PTSD shows the effects of pain she experienced. Losing her mother and baby brother not only left her alone, but it also is what kept her alone for much of her emotional journey. (CS) The extent to which Najmah loved her family is revealed in her reactions to anything that concerns them; by avoiding her triggers to protect herself, it demonstrates how immense the effect of losing them
Hera, Queen of the Olympians, loyal, passionate but vengeful. Well known for being married to the King of all Olympians, Zeus. She is loved and worshiped by many household women but feared by those of Zeus’ affairs. Everyone, including her husband avoids conflict with Hera. Hera’s powers are protecting women from rape, death during childbirth and help preserving the health of women all together.
She also address how feminism is slipping away as those girls sell their bodies and losing their dignity and respect. Pink speaks to girls not to conform to society and don’t have dehumanize their bodies just to be accepted by society. Another song that feeds the listeners with positivity is “Perfect.” In this song she send the message that we are perfect just the way we are. In the song she address how we have negative self-talk (especially girls) because we perfect already. These are couple of many songs that have deep, powerful messages that no other pop star sings about.