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.
In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir writes that “from patriarchy’s earliest times [men] have deemed it useful to keep woman in a state of dependence” (193), and indeed, nowhere is this intent more evident than in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Elizabethans were a deeply patriarchal society; women were expected to be meekly subordinate and as such were deprived of any legal independence or right to self-expression. Accordingly, the characters of Hamlet, most notably the titular character, often express extraordinarily misogynistic views. Logically, it would follow that Hamlet’s female characters—Gertrude and Ophelia—would be one-dimensional and submissive, serving only to further Hamlet’s story. However, in actuality, both women defy the traditional Elizabethan standard of femininity—Gertrude in her sexuality, and Ophelia in her madness—serving to create tension in the story and elicit unease in the audience.
In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles). Although Emilia does not ever say these powerful words out loud, she is still willing to not follow her husbands commands despite his strong character. Emilia proves again that she has powerful thoughts when she stated that,”Let husbands know, Their wives have sense like them; they see and smell, And have their palates both for sweet and sour As husbands have’ (Othello IV.3.92-5) Emilia contends that women are physically the same to men,they both get distraught and have issues that trouble each other, they should treat each other similarly. Women can still analyze literature about the inequality and rights for women through many of the injustices that are modern today.
In Shakespeare 's Taming of the Shrew, the whole play centers around Petruchio trying to “tame” Katherine and forcing her to be the traditional submissive wife. Set in the Elizabethan era, the play also compares love versus economic value and how social status influences marriage in the 16th century. Bianca, quiet and innocent, plays the traditional role of a woman well, while Katherine rebels and refuses to be ordered around by any man. While both men and women in the play don 't always line up with traditional gender roles, it is the women (Katherine, specifically) are punished. In today 's society, Kate could be seen as an independent woman who doesn’t need a man but instead, Kate is depicted as a crusted, unmanageable shrew in which by the looks of it, will die alone if she doesn 't curb her attitude.
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables. However, if transcending female expectations was used as a weapon than for good, is it still considered an act of femininity? Of course not!
The poem can be considered a blazon traditional sonnet although it presents the tradition in an unconventional way. The typical way a blazon sonnet presents itself is through the broken-down description of a woman’s qualities. Women are usually highly praised and they are made to appear so out of reach; they become unobtainable even by the poet themselves. Women are portrayed as a collection of objects rather than human which accentuates the idea that they are so unattainable because no woman like them actually exist. The idea that beauty is what defines, and what controls a man’s love for a woman, is not depicted in Shakespeare’s sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes.
In his play “Othello,” Shakespeare is very compassionate towards the women of his era. He treats Desdemona with special sympathy. She is the victim of two crossed male aspirations — the devilry of villain Iago and the jealousy of her husband. The main cause of Desdemona’s tragedy is the total absence of women’s personal liberty. The lack of self-development without restrictions of society and family constricts the mind.
No male during this time would have suspected anything similar to this of their wife, but the fact that Shakespeare even wrote about it hints to readers that Shakespeare may have believed in equality for women. Emilia also stood up for what she believed in and laid down her life doing so. After finding out her husband, Iago, was the one who had plotted the demise of so many around her, Emilia declared “Tis proper I obey him, but not right now” (5.2.233). Emilia knew she was expected to obey her husband, yet she was willing to lay down her life to alert others of the atrocious acts that her husband had committed. Not only did Emilia speak out against her husband, but was willing to lose her life in the process.
As a realist he needed to uncover the different impediments set on ladies by the patriarchal society to keep them in repression. Tough composed his books on the premise of his own supposition of women.He consequently enables them to act in non-conventional ways, so they are not viewed as perfect Victorian ladies. While in his time most ladies needed to manage without independence of any sort, the ladies in his books endeavor to acquire genuine social uniformity and reject the longstanding conviction that ladies are powerless and need to rely on upon men to make due in this world. In Far from the Madding Crowd Hardy rejects the conventional idea of marriage. He nearly saw the sexual orientation inclination inborn in the Victorian culture and culture.
Hostility may arise from many factors, but one major factor that caused conflict for Elizabeth was that she was a female ruler with no husband. This led people to think that she was weak and they tried to take advantage of that, but they failed. Elizabeth said, “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” She said this because she didn’t need a king to help her rule; just because she was a woman, it didn’t make her any less of a
The author thinks women can hardly wear anything without a fear of being judged. She provides few pieces of evidence on how women usually are targeted and not men in this society in respect to interpretation. She argues on how different forms have Mr. as a suffix which shows nothing, but in the case of women there is Mrs. and also Miss which reflects the marital status of women. She raises her point also about how a woman changes her surname with the men after marriage. I personally believe that she had some evidence and her argument really made me think twice o and made me think why women are judged so much and she was also definitely true in her argument.
More Power Than A King 2 One can say that the active role women play in Beowulf is rather minimal and that they are confined to the task of playing hostess to the adventure seeking men. This, was not the case especially when one looks beyond the surface. Women throughout Beowulf play the important role of peacemaker and often give gifts and honor, both of which are very important in this culture. Without women the world Beowulf is set in would have been a maelstrom of chaos and war. Women who play the role of peacemaker usually abide by confinement .
Benvolio: Out of her favor. (1.1.163-166) In the play, Romeo was experiencing a one sided love, and to protect his heart, Benvolio told Romeo to look for a new companion. Though this may be a heartfelt and sad scene, Shakespeare used the pun to inject humor. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, humor plays a huge role in entertaining the audience and bringing comedy to otherwise tragic scenes. Although many main characters die, the use of word play turns these heavy moments into
Why most women’s desires had to be repressed in the patriarchal social order? Were they happy in their marriages without a minimal freedom? The desire of one individual cannot be suppressed and cannot be controlled by others. However, women in the past society were usually being repressed their desires and even they were suffered from lacking of freedom in the patriarchal social. In the Kate Chopin’s stories, the author focuses on woman’s desire against patriarchal rules and the rediscovery of female desires.
In conclusion even though Brett does represent the shift in gender roles post war she only scrapes the surface of the huge changes taking place due to her shallow life and the way ladies of upper class had different obligations and lifestyles of the working class. Brett is still contained within a male driven world and this leads her to be dependent on men in way many women were shifting away from by getting jobs and advocating their rights. She does avidly demonstrate the social freedoms that women were now able to enjoy but the real major changes are never shown through her character. So while Brett may be a idol of the views of marriage for women and the new night life of women she is not a good representation of the changing