Women make up approximately fifty percent of the world’s population. Despite this fact, in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the cast of over twenty characters consists of only two females: his mother, Queen Gertrude, and his lover, Ophelia. With the majority of the plot focused on Hamlet and the other male characters of the play, the readers are forced to rely on Hamlet’s ideas and treatment of women to gain a better understanding and perspective of the two female characters. However, Hamlet proves to be an unreliable source due to his biased opinion as seen through his presumption that women are weak based on his mother’s actions. Gertrude is portrayed as a villain in Hamlet’s eyes while Ophelia, a mere bystander, often faces the backlash of Hamlet’s judgement of Gertrude.
Our society perceives African Americans negatively thus inflicting pressure on their daily lives. Anywhere in America, if you ask an African American if they feel pressured by society, most of them would say yes. They have everyone’s attention for everything they do. Some may take the attention they get as a good thing as Zara N. Hurtson does in her essay, “How It Feels to Be Colored.” She states that “it is quite exciting to hold the center of the national stage.”
Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, focuses on the tumultuous events that surround a regicide. Despite being the shortest of Shakespeare’s plays, in his critical study of the play A. C. Bradley concludes that due to its vehement nature the audience is left with an impression “not of brevity but of speed” . The principal female character of Lady Macbeth is arguably one of his most contentious. Consumed with intense passion, ambition and greed she challenges the subservient role of the traditional Elizabethan woman. She has disturbed, horrified and intrigued both contemporary and modern audiences alike through her powerful diction.
As a writer during the Great Depression, John Steinbeck impacted an audience who found consolation in his famous literature, during a time of desolation and despair. Through the means of his writing, women have a perpetual role of trying to deviate from their societal roles, but are inhibited and rejected by society. The female characters in Steinbeck’s writing all are depicted as inferior in relation to their male counterparts. This observation brings about a new query open for deliberation.
As one begins to read this passage, the first aspect that jumps out is the representation of the two main women in the play, Adriana and Luciana. With the first line of the scene, we are able to gain an understanding of both who Adriana is as a person, as well as some of the more personal issues she may be experiencing within her marriage to Antipholus of Ephesus (2.1.1-3). The tone of her voice is not necessarily that of anger, but rather one that is both worried and hurt by the perceived adulterous acts committed by her husband. Shakespeare’s language here was intentional as he desired to portray women in a more realistic manner. In other plays of the period, women were given limited roles and were depicted as very two-dimensional.
During the setting and the publication of Pygmalion in 1912, sexism was slowly in decline; however, just the idea of sexism existing in the first place was what prompted Shaw to criticize all of society in his play Pygmalion. And it is quite clear that he was calling “attention to questions of femininity and gender” because of how “the title of Shaw’s play is taken from the myth of Pygmalion” (LitChart Sited). Similarly, in both the play and the myth, the protagonist is seen creating their own “perfect” ideas of what a woman is and how a woman should act (LitChart). In Shaw’s doing so of this, he is trying to show society how “unrealistic and even unnatural the expectations that society has for women are” (LitCharts).
“For millennia, men dominated women, and women had few alternatives other than to accept that dominance. As industrialization transformed the world, it brought women the ability to meet their basic survival needs without depending on a man.” In today’s society, women have become less submissive and more dominant. With all the imbalances that is happening between the two genders, women have stood up and took a stance against the imbalances, hence the feminist groups. In sum the dominance of men over women was once considered normal and in a way, it is still being enforced in today’s society.
According to Shakespeare, there are two types of women, and other than women containing wicked characteristics he shows his belief that women are also weak. In the plays Hamlet, MacBeth, and Othello, many women are put into a light that displays them as fragile creatures that must be taken care of. Poor Ophelia from Hamlet, falls apart directly after the loss of both her love Hamlet and her father. It seems as though without a man in her life Ophelia is helpless. This makes her appear weak, and dependant, just like a woman should be in those days.
1.0 Introduction Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is a renowned tragedy in the history of literature. The play has been read in different perspectives, but how women are presented and what roles they play are ignored. “Women in Shakespearean tragedies are portrayed and presented as lesser and negative stereotypes” (Jajja 228), and the play Macbeth has reinforced and strengthened male dominance and patriarchal values. Martine Lings (90) believes “Lady Macbeth wins him (Macbeth) back to his criminal intention betrays the extreme superficiality of the few moral scruples that he has left.” But Shakespeare does not give “any indication that Macbeth fears that Lady Macbeth will strike him, nor does she make physical threats against him.
Men are changing too realizing that women are just as strong as them and women can help share the load. Men are even stepping up and taking on more responsibilities such as household duties and raising children. Having a gender-segregated work affects women because men and women can’t get jobs such as the dirty/hard work because women are labeled as
HI, Miah you are right the Women 's Movement did change the view of women. However, there were different phases this movement. The 1700 's,1830’s,1837,1920’s and the 70’s are just a few eras where women fought to be treated as equals. The right to an education and freedom from slavery were all issues that impacted this movement. “Women had to create their own antislavery organizations because they were being excluded from many of the men’s organization” (pg.321 Social Inequality).
During this time period women were known for cleaning, cooking and having/raising their kids. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders were men, all major people in the United States were men. Any income the women earned would automatically go to the men. Many people overlooked their major contributions because they were women. Black women oppression was very different from white women all because they were both black and a women.
As a society we have to understand that the system oppresses certain individuals. One can be highly qualified for a job but not receive it because of their race. Black people work hard but they don’t make it as far as many other minorities it’s because of their race, the color of their skin inhibits them from achieving every goals they want to, the system is not in their favor. As learned in class Social justice and equality for all people should be of paramount importance. Society needs to stand against prejudice and make sure very member of the community is not discriminated against us.
Consequently, I decided to explore the unique identity of women and have employed the ideas of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Anna Julia Cooper to do so. As a woman of her time, Gilman experience and wrote of the oppression of females in the male dominated role of economics. Like a stranger, women were within the same group, often married to and living in the house, as the men that
It has been argued that when it comes to jobs that require physical strength, men may have the advantage, however, if a woman can compete at the same level they should be paid the same as a man. During a scientific study, researchers found that women actually work longer and harder sessions at a time, but still get paid less due to their gender, only because of their gender ("Superiority of Female Workers Confirmed: Study Finds Women Really Do Work Longer And Harder Than Men."). This enraging topic frustrates me because despite all the hard work woman contribute to workforce and data that supports women make less than men, the discrimination continues in