Furthermore, Lady Macbeth has power comparable to man’s but is then cast aside by her husband at the end. Shakespeare thus presents masculinity in both a positive and negative light. In Act 1, Shakespeare presents Macbeth with admired masculine qualities countered with Lady Macbeth criticising his idiosyncrasies. Lady Macbeth’s definition of a man is disparate to others’. In Scene 2, the captain labels Macbeth as “brave”.
A fully developed professional theatre that emerged in England in the 1580s had a “profound effect on the ways the gendered body was staged” (Michael Billing, 16). Early modern constructions of the gendered body were “viewed as along a continuum” moving in one direction or the other (Will Fisher, 6). This idea can suggest the performativity of gender rather than its ontological core on the early modern stage. Shakespeare’s comedies may suggest that masculinity on the stage is like “a suit of clothes” that could be put on or taken off at will (Bruce R. Smith, 3). While dramatists of this period question the validity of female stereotypes .
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 original rendition is said to have been told to convey two morals: the first, warned female readers against the dangers of curiosity; the second, warned husbands against expecting the impossible from their wives (Sheets 1991:643). Carter has however adapted the original story to appeal to the modern reader and provide some personal commentary on social issues. She also gave it her own controversial twist, by making the husband a murderer, and what some might refer to as a pervert. As Sheets accurately states, “Carter situates the story in the tradition of aesthetic sadomasochism” (Sheets 1991:643). Throughout the story the heroine notices various erotic art forms in the castle.
Feminism has gained a new definition a new understanding of female roles since the Elizabethan Era. Hamlet, a play written by William Shakespeare, is about a young prince, Hamlet, being visited by his father’s apparition urging him to avenge his death by murdering Prince Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. All the while, Hamlet is enraged by his mother’s hasty marriage to Claudius and is showering his supposed love, Ophelia, with gifts and words of affection. Queen Gertrude and Ophelia are blindly obedient to male authority due to the influence of the social standards that require women to be submissive to men. Queen Gertrude and Ophelia’s actions and outcomes as characters are affected by male influence, the social norms of this time, and the females’ consequences of following these norms.
Canterbury Tales Contest The initial round of the story telling contest has finished! Since I am the judge of this contest, I feel that in this first round of tales it has come down to the Knight’s Tale and the Miller’s Tale. Both stories are concerned with love triangles, but the outcome of each story differs. In the Knight’s Tale, he tells of a man who struggles to choose between two beautiful women. The Miller’s Tale however is more unacceptable because it includes adultery.
Another instance that depicts the differentiated treatment of men and women can be seen when looking at a dialogue between Hamlet and his mother. Throughout the conversation and various parts of the play, Hamlet expresses his disgust for his mother 's actions. He insults her by comparing his father to Hyperion and Claudius to a satyr. He tells Gertrude not to sin by sleeping with him and tells her she is nothing but lustful for marrying a man like Claudius when he says, “That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,/ Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose/ From the fair forehead of an innocent love/ And sets a blister there, makes marriage vows/ As false as dicers ' oaths—oh, such a
In fact, Isabella ironically draws upon patriarchal social expectations to slight their respective assaults on her sexuality, such as when she tells Claudio that their “father’s grave / Did utter forth a voice” — which expressed that he “must die: / Thou art too noble to conserve a life / In base appliances” (3). Moreover, instead of undermining female autonomy, the Duke shows signs of reinforcing it as he aids Isabella in her struggle to maintain her sexual freedom. He orchestrates a scenario in which Isabella partakes in a bed trick, thus preserving her sexual independence while also subverting Angelo’s autonomy. Here, both male and female characters demonstrate the ability to influence another’s honor; even the Duke, a male character, impedes upon Angelo’s honor, rather than remaining unified as would be typical of the patriarchy. Thus, the female is not merely an endangered object to men, for she is also endangers patriarchal control.
Ophelia is upset because she is in love with Hamlet. Ophelia’s death is confirmed by the doctor when he says “He obsequies have been as far enlarged as we have warranty. Her death is doubtful, and, but that great command…” (V.i. 234). It’s not directly stated that Ophelia killed herself although it’s very likely because Hamlet tells her that he does not love her and she believed him.
Although the speaker, the Duke of Ferrara, is speaking of this servant in a negative manner, he wishes to boss around his wife. He wishes to have total control. In this famous poem, Browning reveals the psyche of a man, invincible and arrogant, who is speaking about his deceased wife in front of a silent audience. Unintentionally the duke exposes his own vices while pointing out the follies of his former spouse. The Duke reveals