Arparish Royal Mrs. Goddard English ll 19 November, 2015 "Character Analysis Outline" A person will only take so much abuse from someone before they have had enough and decide to stand for what they believe. Emilia is first woman in William Shakespeare's Othello to become independent of Iago's leash and show how a woman of her time can ignore the gender roles in place, to protect someone she cares about. During the time period Othello is set in, women are view as property and the lesser to men. Even now in today's society some believe women are second to men. The ideal woman during this time was to obey their "owners" every wish at a moments notice.
Make thick my blood.” (1, 5, 47-50) Shakespeare uses this powerful soliloquy to reveal Lady Macbeth’s innermost desires: to be freed from her menstrual cycle, frailty of womanhood, and feminized traits of pity. Ruthlessness would replace these traits, transforming her into a more masculine identity that is able to gain access to power. However, Lady Macbeth’s power depends on her husband’s, due to her disempowerment in the realm of the political. She believes her husband’s political power relies on him conforming to a more masculine identity. In order to convince Macbeth to undertake this transformation, like she did, Lady Macbeth must subvert the stereotypical role of a submissive wife and become domineering.
The short story tries to criticize the fact that men are given a lot of importance compared to women. Men are considered to be powerful than men. That’s why it is easy for them to just pay women just to have sex with them. On the other hand, ‘A present for a servant maid ', criticize the fact that the servant maids are always blamed for any problem that arises, regardless of the circumstances. This is the reason why the author, Eliza Haywood, provides a good advice that should be emulated by any servant maid on how to avoid being cornered.
In Taming ofthe Shrew the play starts off by introducing two sisters Bianca, and Katherine. Bianca has two men who want to be her husband, but she cannot marry before her sister who is known as “the shrew”. Katherine is rude to men and women and threatens people. Unlike Bianca who is very quiet, and does as she told by her father, Katherine is very independent , and is outspoken, and does as she wants. Bianca is liked by more men because she is more submissive to what the
Accepting her inferior position to all other men, particularly to her husband, no questions asked, is yet another one of Lady Macduff’s numerous renaissance characteristics. Through Lady Macduff the qualities of being a loyal wife, accepting an inferior position to all men, and tending to wife like duties all support the claim of shakespeare’s female characters resembling traditional women from the fourteenth through seventh
Shakespeare lives somewhere between being a feminist and being a misogynist, he uses female character radically; for his time at least. As explained by Bianca-Oana Petrut, “Despite the relative insignificance of women in Elizabethan social order, Shakespeare uses them in many significant ways. He seems to be extremely sensitive to the importance of women in society even though they are often overlooked. The idea that men are often a product of the women in their lives is indirectly suggested in the significant impact women have on the men in plays.” (Petrut) Stating the obvious; Petrut is saying that it is the women in Shakespeare who run the plays, not the men. It may seem like Shakespeare treats his female characters worse than his male characters, but it is his female characters that drive the plot
Wharton analyzes the power of the society when she writes about Archer’s decision to marry either May or Ellen. Moreover, Wharton speaks of the power of the individual in society when Lawrence Lefferts decides to defy society and have an affair, but fortunately he is able to conceal his wrongdoings. Lastly,
Katerina met her match and for her to have someone dominate her was something the kingdom was in no way used to. It is believed that Kate deserved what she got in the end, the common woman that must respect her man, and be second when it comes to opinions. She was not expecting to ever bow to a man and that 's exactly what ended up happening, Shakespeare has a funny way of letting people get what they deserve in the
Testing a man’s manliness during this time era is an assured way to receive any wish, so that is what Lady Macbeth did so precisely. In fact, Wayne C. Booth notes in Shakespeare for Students, “She twits him for cowardice, plays upon the word “man,” making it seem that he becomes more a man by doing the manly deed.” It is evident that Lady Macbeth already realizes how to maintain control over her husband, so what would the purpose of being unsexed be? She deliberately uses her charm and questioning of Macbeth’s manhood to develop his contrasting feelings into what Lady Macbeth believes. If pursuing additional power is what Lady Macbeth desires, no explanation will ever make sense because she possesses a myriad of competence that directs Macbeth straight toward the path of her ambitions for him to become King of
Although they view each other as equals, "my dearest partner of greatness," it's Lady Macbeth who is established as the dominant partner in the dynamic, inverting typical 17th century gender and social roles. (Since husbands were supposed to rule their wives in the same way that kings ruled countries, Lady Macbeth's plan is just another version of treason: taking power that doesn't belong to her.) Upon reading the letter, she worries that Macbeth is too kind-natured to be able to take the crown and is determined to assist him through the, "valour of her (my) tongue." She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king.