The women of Gilead endure this oppression and become complacent as a means of survival, the mentality of women is, thus, every woman for herself. They cannot work together to fight against the oppressive rules of regime as they are restricted by class, however, they may act independently through small autonomous acts. Consider the Mayday resistance fighting to destroy the regime; Mayday is “French…from M’aidez. Help me”. People from all sectors of Gilead are part of the resistance movement, trying to free themselves from the shackles of
The women in this epic are shown as either one extreme or the other with no in between. Either obedient virgins who run from the gods in the fear of getting raped, or vengeful and malicious women who are in the hunt for revenge. A prominent theme in metamorphoses is that these women in fact do not have an in-between state, just one extreme or the other. Ovid also uses this as a great contrast between different female characters in each of his books. This can be seen in the contrast between Io, the water nymph who is taken and raped by Jove against her will, and Juno the vengeful goddess who takes her revenge on Io.
The Sirens are portrayed as manipulative, as warned by Circe to Odysseus. Scylla is shown as ugly and scary, also warned by Circe, and Calypso is shown as a sly temptress. In the present time, we still have problems with women's rights. Even though a lot has changed since the ancient times, women are still seen as a distraction and as being manipulative.
The Role of Women in Society In this essay, I will discuss the many roles women had throughout society in The Ramayana, Sundiata and Macbeth. Based on the assigned readings, women were described as manipulative and cut-throat individuals that were willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. With a goal in mind, they were able to exploit others into doing things their way and have favor in their eyes. The women would use their charm for good and evil, for whatever reason behind their calculated motives their actions had a tremendous impact on the outcome of the story. The Ramayana, is your basic love story “boy loves girl, girl loves boy”.
In the Awakening Edna Pontellier was an unstable character, she upsets the expectations of the nineteen century women’s role. Chopin focuses on two females that influence Edna`s life and help her in what we see are her awakenings Both of these characters will represent the role of women’s in the nineteen century. Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz are the examples that the men around Edna contrast her with and who they obtain their expectations for her. Edna begins to see that the life of freedom and individuality that she wants goes against both society and nature. She cannot free herself not even through suicide.
In the beginning she was an innocent girl that turns into revengeful girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Through Abigail’s characterization as manipulative, dishonest, and vindictive, Miller shows how one girl can create so much fear in one town. Abigail knows how to get what she wants, when she wants it. She is a magnificent manipulator.
Medea: The Proto-feminist Medea and her struggles and actions within the play represent a rudimentary precursor to first wave feminism. Euripides creates Medea as an empowered woman strong in her convictions on divorce and the complete misogyny of her time period; but yet also strong in practice, considering herself a woman first and taking action when wronged by Jason. Medea also greatly effects first-wave feminism in this way being a representation of their ideals to the extreme. Despite being portrayed as a women in Greece, Medea displayed strong feminist practices.
Cersei Lannister Cersei Lannister is depicted as a horrible person, one who is ambitious, ruthless, petty and cruel, and is willing to sacrifice anything other than her children to bolster her own power. She is also the only “villain” in the series whose point of view is shown in the novels, whereas the other “villains” are explored in a way that makes them seem more sympathetic and compelling, Cersei’s chapters only confirm the idea that she is an unhinged, vindictive, selfish, and spiteful woman. Yet Cersei is also one of the most intricate, interesting and detestable characters in the series. One simply needs to dig deeper into her motivations to find the compelling details underneath.
These cardinal virtues being, “piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity” (Welter,57). Are coming from, Welter’s, “The Cult of True Womanhood.” If these cardinal virtues were not withheld the woman would be looked down upon by society and shunned for her actions. Chopin makes her argument to show that even with these specific guidelines set on them, they have the choice to be an individual within a society that judges women solely on a system of virtues. Chopin uses symbolism very vividly throughout the entire story, she does this by using a storm to symbolize the affair that is happening at the same time.
In “Antigone” many actions suggest how women are often considered law abiding figures. Antigone’s sister Ismene, show cowardice when told Antigone’s plot. She states “We must remember we are women born, Unapt to cope with men”. (Sophocles 3). Women in Thebes were shown to be afraid to stand up.
Upon first reading this play, emotions of anger, disappointment, and relief swirled to the surface. The fact that Medea was to escape without any consequences angered me so much, but as I thought about it more, my emotions began to shift. It wasn’t as if Medea murdering her children was something she wanted to do. She had to have gone through so much to push her to that point. How can I better justify her actions and relate it to a 21st century audience?
Medea portrays the consequence of a rebellious being’s response to a hostile society through vengeance, passion, and deceitfulness. It also gives the reader a unique perspective on the roles of women that were considered taboo, and still are, at least in the western culture. At the beginning of her relationship with Jason, Medea was strengthen by love to do the unimaginable. Her clever and crafty style were her frequent methods of overcoming obstacles and getting what she wanted. She tricked the daughters of Pelias to boil him alive when he refused to give Jason the throne.
Under Homer’s supposed ‘Hero Ethic’, it can be understood that an individual should support one’s friends and harm one’s enemies. This system leaves little to no room for forgiveness or for mercy. Jason has become her enemy by abandoning Medea and their children. He justifies this by pointing out that he has given her “more than [she] deserve[s]” as Medea now lives in “the center of the world.” However, Medea views him as “A brutal man whom [she] once loved [that] has smashed [her]/in the face so hard [she] wear[s] the face of death.