After Katherina was the perfect wife Petruchio placed bets on her and used her as a trophy. Publicly kissing and giving orders to Katherina made Petruchio feel like a manly man who would not be swayed by a woman. After all women “are bound to serve, love and obey” (Shakespeare 5.2.85). Katherina’s transformation in The Taming of the Shrew is a great example of the expectations for women in the past. Instead of being welcomed and popular for having a backbone women were shot down until they believed they were less than men.
During the last attempt to capture Becket in the cathedral at Canterbury, a scuffle ensued and Becket received a blow to the head which escalated the violent nature of the scuffle. Becket died later that day. While opinions about Beckett and his motivation were split, his public admiration soon won over the hearts of his detractors and he accomplished in his death what he had been unable to accomplish in life. Becket became a martyr almost instantly and Henry lost the main argument that had existed between the two men. Henry would perform a public penance, and would negotiate a compromise with the Pope which would allow for a reconciliation between the church and the crown.
Two tales: the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Pardoner’s Tale are both written by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is a poet in medieval society. Chaucer was inspired by his experience of pilgrimage. Two of them use a lot of imagery. However, I think the Wife of Bath’s Tale uses it in a more coherent way. The Pardoner’s Tale talks about a story which three young man steal florins together, but they killed each other because all of them don’t want to share the florin with each other (The Wife of Bath’s Tale).
The scarlet letter changed meanings from having a negative connotation to a positive one when it changed how Hester acted, which changed how the people saw Hester and her letter. “It was none the less a fact, however, that, in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom.” (13.35) From being adultery to angel the scarlet letter impacted the lives of those in the Puritan community the novel The Scarlet
The saying that love is blind, is one that is very wrong. Love is not blind, it is merely a faint line that many individuals chose not to see. During Shakespeare’s time, the societal norms that cultivated women were very precise. Women were held to high standards to both look and act in specific ways, but did society ever take it too far? Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars.
This, once more, points towards an attitude that judges women for their sexual output and attractiveness alone. The old woman would be incapable of the two things her sex is desired for; procreation, and the sexual pleasure this would require. She uses the rhetoric of reason to get her young husband to love her, yet her premise rests on her position as someone who has lost beauty and is placed at disadvantage. The old woman begins to ‘selle’ her virtues of faithfulness , and in this she commoditises her identity and establishes once more the hierarchy of husband and wife; and the position of the wife as someone inferior to her
Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women? It is formidably supported that John Steinbeck had strong prejudiced opinions about women as evidenced by his writings. Considering the vast number of available works, only a small selection of Steinbeck’s most popular literature is needed to investigate the slighted nature of his female characters: the women of The Grapes of Wrath, Eliza from “The Chrysanthemums,” and Curly’s wife in Of Mice and Men.
You abide by their will, do what they want, speak when they want you to, and are basically there to just look beautiful and agree with your man. This shows, how women are not only oppressed and have an ideal image to live up too, but that some women are willing to accept these expectations, like Kate, who was once considered a “shrew” but is now the perfect wife. In retrospect, gender roles affect the characters negatively, because Kate ends up being the only woman who will obey because if she doesn’t she has to suffer. The Widow and Bianca however, believe the expectations they should follow are stupid which is why they don’t listen in the bet. Also, the gender roles surface in the beginning of the play when they meet Bianca, and at the end when Kate was shockingly tamed into the ideal
In “The Chrysanthemums” which was written in the decade of the 30s, John Steinbeck has etched a female character who averts conformity to male expectations of femininity. Historically, the expectations imposed restrictions on women as to how they should have accepted their roles and functioned within the prescribed rules. In this respect, Steinbeck has broken the gender codes, and by doing so he has drawn a woman protagonist who clearly defies the conventional mindset. Elisa, therefore, has become “the representative of the feminine ideal of equality and its inevitable defeat” (Sweet 213). The defeat is conceded by Elisa because her female subjective experiences are circumscribed and simultaneously her masculine tendencies are ignored by her