Dimmesdale is petrified of speaking up and owning his wrongdoings; Dimmesdale sees himself as a coward, just as men in the same predicament feel. Women in today’s society of often contemned because of adulterous acts. In the novel, Hester was also treated the same. The Scarlet Letter shows how other women feel about Hester and her sin by stating: “This woman has brought shame to all of us, and she ought to die” (1). Puritan women in the novel saw adultery as a terrible sin, just as women today shame others who have committed the act.
Society looks down upon actions such as viewing others’ sexual features while you are already married, which makes the reader appalled by Stanley’s character and makes the reader feel an extreme hatred towards Stanley even before the action of the play has begun. This account of Stanley and his actions establishes him as the villain in the play, but, in any story, there is always a hero to contrast the villain. Typically, this hero is the exact opposite of the villain, and, in this play, although it may not be clearly defined, Blanche is set up by Williams in the beginning to be the hero. Williams does this by depicting her as the opposite of Stanley with her sense of propriety and class that is juxtaposed with the harsh environment of Stanley’s world (Williams 1119). Although the reader becomes aware that Blanche is not quite the hero that she was expected to be as they play progresses, the reader is always compelled to take Blanche’s side when injustices are brought upon her by Stanley due to Williams’ careful construction of Blanche and Stanley’s characters in the very beginning.
ROMEO AND JULIET The play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, proves that thoughtless decisions lead to unfortunate consequences. In the play, some may believe that fate led to the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, however, the suicides of Romeo and Juliet were brought on by the poor decisions made by both of the love-struck teenagers. Due to the expectations of society, Romeo and Juliet were expected to be arranged in a loveless marriage, which was not desired by either of them. Because of the state of vulnerability they were both enduring, Romeo and Juliet made the immediate decision to get married which formed greater issues. Romeo and Juliet’s rash decisions, influenced by society’s expectations, ultimately led to their suicides.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, particular characters have some sort of disguise that allows them to deceive others. In the epic, there is also a demonstration of inequality between men and women. The idea of guile in The Odyssey was raised multiple times throughout the epic and it was often considered to be wisdom. From the beginning of the epic, we see characters praising men for their “wisdom” and women are oppressed for the majority of their actions, including lying. This patriarchal system that oppresses women for their actions, including shunning them for being deceptive, reveals the double standard in society, but also reveals the social statuses in this time period that oppressed women and bound them from being able to change the overall epic.
If you don't fight, you are a coward. If you cry, you are weak. If you start to tease the child, you teach yourself that it is all right to devalue others. These are the problems that create stereotypes of masculinity and this can be shown in the play Macbeth and today. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare suggests that even though men and society have progressed in one's idea of a man during the 1600’s, society has not really progressed because society's modern stereotypes of masculinity as it relates to violence, emotions, and attitudes towards women.
Their tough archetypes were always present in many plays and reinforced the idea of male superiority. This fact held true, especially for a certain tragic classic by William Shakespeare. There was a misogynistic mentality towards women in Romeo and Juliet, evident through the way women were shown as objects, portrayed as weak, and made to seem unable to dictate their own lives. Men in Romeo and Juliet could be seen acting like owners towards women. Women were seen as nothing more than possessions, as illustrated when Romeo first described Juliet as, “My lady…/my love” (II.ii.10).
John Updike’s “A&P” demonstrates through several methods the struggle that unwritten principle can place on women in their search for individuality and personal freedom from oppression. Sammy’s thoughts demonstrate this very concept, as well as Queenie’s actions as an independent woman, and the unfair and morally unjust establishment of a woman’s place by the oppressive male characters. With these ideas, Queenie is clearly represented as an innocent feminist who is ultimately shunned by her male oppressors. Sammy, the typical male totalitarian, is very much condescending towards the story’s female characters, automatically assuming ignorance on the part of them. His lack of understanding towards women exhibits itself on the very first page,
Pollitt logically claims that, “The ultimate paradox of difference feminism is that it has come to the fore at a moment when the lives of the sexes are becoming less distinct than they ever have been in the West” (411). Pollitt’s logic is that we all seen how women have dominated roles that were considered just for men. Difference feminism claims that women are not entirely equal, when they actually are. Pollitt’s logic leads to the realization that difference feminism massages their ideas; they are not doing women any good.
In this sense, Ismene is the character who contracts with Antigone because both of them have very dissimilar views about the power of men over women. Antigone feels especially different about men’s authority. Ismene would be viewed as a perfect example of what a woman should be in Ancient Greece. The difference in Ismene’s personality and Antigone’s, highlight the type of person Antigone depicts to
Before Katherine even has any lines to speak, the audience is put under the impression she is a wild mean spirited woman, as her reputation for one is constantly voiced. The audience is viewing Katherine from a male perspective during the time of the Elizabethan period, and she is assigned the stereotype of a shrew before we ever see her character on stage. During this time period, most men would think of any strong minded, loud woman as undesirable, and because of this perspective, the audience today can also get influenced by thinking she is a shrew. Her stereotype is also assigned to her without anyone explaining why she really is a shrew. Baptista thinks his daughter was just born mean, but as explained in the previous case, this may not be