Women have always been portrayed as the weaker sex compared to men. It has been demonstrated in history itself and throughout literary works. Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Homer’s The Odyssey, however, portray women to be more powerful than men, even when their society thought otherwise and underestimated them because of their gender. Lady Macbeth, The Three Witches, Queen Arête and Penelope demonstrate the astute, charming, and ambitious side of women that was overlooked by men when it came to having power and making decisions. Both works show the hardships of being a woman in power.
Yet there is a contrast between the two women in that Thryth is associated through heredity and Grendel 's mom is most certainly not. Thryth is the girl of a lord; she has economic wellbeing, and can change through the impact of society by means of her marriage. Not at all like Thryth, Grendel 's mom is a great deal more risky in light of the fact that she capacities outside of society, so threatening the warriors when she enters the corridor that they don 't wear their protective layer before taking up their weapons. Her absence of genealogy and dedication is fearsome in light of the fact that she tries to upset the capacity for the general public to
Stereotypical women in the Dark Ages was controversial because they were treated with idolatry and reverence, but were not respected as capable members of the human race. Much of the chivalric code that knights prided themselves on was based on the assumption that women could not achieve much for themselves, and therefore, men had to accomplish it for them. However, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight demonstrates that women possessed the ability to achieve their demands and utilize their influence however they desired. Morgan le Fay, Guinevere, and Lady Bercilak reveal that the accurate power of women is accomplishing their goals by any means necessary, including deceiving men, even in Camelot, a society ruled by men.
These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother. Femme fatales are usually destroyed in the end, either by being killed or being domesticated, as though they are being punished thinking they can compete with men. Male dominance is always restored by the end of the film. In established film noir, the new economic, social, and sexual freedom that women experienced during the war years as they joined the workplace was quite unsettling to many American men. This fear of strong, independent women and the need to show the danger of this independence was shown, whether consciously or not, in most film noir.
Even though it is true that their appearance is limited and brief, they do play fundamental roles in it. The poet always makes use of positive words to describe them. Wealhtheow is “mindful of etiquette” (613), “a noble-hearted queen” (624), and “perfect in speech” (624). The idea of a nobleman’s ideal wife was reflected in the poem; “at mead drinking she must at all times and places approach the protector of princes first, in front of the companions, quickly pass the first cup to her lord’s hand” The first time Wealhtheow makes her appearance in the poem (612-641), she offers the cup to Hrothgar first, making clear that he is the most powerful figure in the
But despite being the queen Gertrude is a woman of a lot of ideas, and greed she is all about having power, although she can’t openly portray and play out those ideas because of the men in the society have all the authority. Gertrude is an example of a women in this society who can be high I power but will never reach the height of a man. The difference between “seems” and “is” for Gertrude are a “mirrored distortion of her regal insecurities” (Blooms 106). She is a Queen but her status of being a queen doesn’t stop her emotionally features of being oppressed and ignored as a person. Gertrude unveils her characteristic of greed with her marriage the brother of her ex-husband who dies so that she could remain the queen of Demark, but after becoming queen she is still ignored as an important person in society.
For numerous years in the past, women always play a smaller role in society politically, economically, and socially than men do. This was a norm for everyone living during that time period; everything that people do was reflect by it, including the literature written. In William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, the roles of women are just as society would have displayed them during that time. The leading women, Gertrude and Ophelia, are seen as less valuable than men and insignificant because of their dependence on male authorities, obedience, and are easily manipulated by others throughout the play. To begin, Gertrude and Ophelia are less significant in the play because of their heavy dependence on male authorities in their lives.
Although she is eventually unsuccessful in undoing Sundiata’s conquering of the empire she is able to stifle the growth of his power through her own authority. Sassouma’s influence is so great that the word of Sundiata’s exile spreads to other kingdoms and they are refused admittance to towns and other kingdoms. This is so because the dominance and control of Sassouma is so great that other kingdoms comply with her will out of fear of her wrath. Sassouma provides a great example of a strong and influential woman because she is able to get what she wants from others regardless of rigid patriarchal structures set by years of cultural standards of male domination. For the time being she is stronger than other male rulers, Sundiata, and even the Buffalo Woman,
Clytemnestra wasn’t like most of the women in Greece who stood silently by their husband 's side; she was a woman ahead of her time. Just take a look at her position, while her husband was at war she was ruling Argos. Most were not happy about this, but when confronted she would throw away her femininity to stand on equal ground. For example when she speaks to the chorus she says, “You try me out as if I were a woman and vain; but my heart does not flutter as I speak to you.” She was strong and had confidence in herself. Clytemnestra was also very cunning and manipulative.
Neither of the two affirm to common stereotypes of women of their time. Both are strong and resilient and stand by their actions in face of heavy criticism (and in Antigone’s case, a death sentence). Despite the similarities, there are notable difference in the two literary works’ portrayal of women. Women in medieval England generally had much more social mobility and weren’t as restricted in what to do with their lives in comparison to ancient Greek women who were controlled by the fathers or husbands. Widowed women were able to inherit their husband's property as well as assume powerful political position such as Queen regnant.