All the way through time and history, women have been treated as a subject of persecution and oppression in many societies. The manner in which men have controlled, used and abused women has been reinforced into a movement of human rights. Such treatment is fought against in the civilized societies with equality and freedom in the center of it. Clearly, it has been obvious in Shakespeare 's plays how women have been viewed and treated by the characters. He has demonstrated for us how women are in the center of domination and control (Dorn, 1999).
Ophelia has not experienced love outside of her father and brother, she does not know how men can take advantage of her. Laertes, her brother, tries to warn Ophelia not to trust Hamlet’s claims of love, “For Hamlet and the trifling of his favor, hold it a fashion and toy in blood, a violet in the youth of primary nature, forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, the perfume and suppliance of a minute. No more”(1.3.6-11). Laertes tells Ophelia that Hamlet’s young love may seem affectionate, but it is not true and will not last. Laerates knows Ophelia does not know that men will take advantage of her and he does not want to see his sister get hurt.
Instead of informing the cause of grief to his father, Romeo confides in his cousin Benvolio: “What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours? Not having that which having makes them short. In love?” (Shakespeare.1.1.154-156). Despite Montague’s declaration of desperation, Montague cannot discover the origins of Romeo’s sorrow, but Benvolio understands Romeo’s indication of love being the cause after one question. Through the absence of informational exchanges between the parent and child, a sincere family bond is nearly
Clearly the idea of identity in Romeo and Juliet contributes to a great conflict within the famous play. Each family were in a different social class and Juliet's gender played a major role in the idea of Independence and privacy against her her own family! Juliet only being 13 or 14 was a major contributing factor to the theme of identity as a young female in the Middle Ages such a play would have been absolutely shocking during shakespeare's era because of her outright disownment of her wealthy family for a lover of a lower social class. We see this in other literature and movies such as mixed races where individuals have fallen in love with each other families disown each other because of societal pressure and societal norms of racism and discrimination. This play, Romeo and Juliet touches upon those societal problems that are timeless especially with individuals wanting to fall in love with a lower social class or an individual that is from a different wealth class.
Hamlet was giving his loyalty to Ophelia. If this continued it would 've ended badly for Hamlet because she was giving her loyalty to her father. Ophelia was trying to set Hamlet up because her father asked him to. “POLONIUS: […] (to OPHELIA) Read on this book That show of such an exercise may color Your loneliness.—We are oft to blame in this, 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion’s visage And pious action we do sugar o 'er The devil himself”( Act 3, Scene 1,44-52) (Shakespeare). Alternatively, King Hamlet lover was Queen Gertrude who was cheating on him during their marriage.
Is death worth proving love? In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, all Romeo and Juliet do is try to prove their love to each other. A family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues continues to trail on, making Romeo and Juliet’s love forbidden, until death ends it all. Many are at fault such as: Juliet’s nurse that acts the messenger between the two teens, or Balthazar who goes behind Lord Montague’s back to keep the secret of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Nonetheless one person is at most to blame and his name is Friar Lawrence.
Therefore, Molly’s portrayal as an adulterous wife might have been an attempt on Joyce’s part to try to understand better how a woman can be unfaithful and still love her husband (although Nora herself disagreed with Joyce’s portrayal of the female psyche: “He knows nothing at all about women” [Ellmann 629]). This essay will explore the reasons for Molly’s infidelity and its effects on Bloom. If we compare the three POV characters of Ulysses, we can regard Molly as one extreme. If Stephen, who lives almost exclusively through his mind to the point of near asceticism, is one extreme, and Bloom, who although still intellectual also possesses a hedonistic streak as he enjoys food and sex, as a golden mean, then Molly is the other extreme – she perceives and experiences the world mostly through her body. This is even reflected in their respective thought processes: Stephen who thinks in full sentences with
Then goes on to say, “I am perjured most / For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee” (6-7). These statements both are saying that Shakespeare knows that he is breaking promises to possibly himself, his religion and others, by loving a married woman. Though he cannot put all the fault onto her, because his vows to love her were only there to exploit the love she was physically giving him. In connection to Shakespeare’s sonnet, Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good, she is singing about how she is the one in the committed relationship, yet cannot seem to stay loyal to her significant other. Winehouse may love him, but knows that she is not good for their relationship.
The two kids never did anything against their mother, but she holds are grudge that stands firm while she drowns. In an essay, Suzanne Green describes Edna's state of mind at the end of the novel as, "incensed that her husband and children presumed that they could “drag her into the soul's slavery for the rest of her days."". (Green) Green writes that Edna is "incensed" with her children, and quotes that Edna believed the kids were holding her soul as a slave. Edna was doomed to unhappiness from the beginning of her children's lives because of these thoughts. She holds an intense anger for the children and is convinced that they were keeping her in bondage and wasting her life.
The situations that Eliza, and Caliban face are drastically different. However the fact that they both react with anger towards those who control them, rather than fear, or sadness, shows some similarities between the characters attitude and thought process. Throughout the play Pygmalion, Eliza suffers humiliation, manipulation, and abuse from Higgins. Her first response is often to lash out at Higgins directly. If he does something she does not agree with, that she does not like, or that insults her, she makes her feelings clear immediately.