Once her father hears these accusations, he commands to “let her die” as a result of the crimes she committed (IV.i.163). These incidents in the play illustrate Hero’s sacrifice of her angelic and pure character. Hero does little to convince others of her innocence. Moreover, clinging to the traditional views of women, men are unlikely to listen to what women have to say. Shakespeare portrays women 's ranking in relation to men by illustrating Hero’s great sacrifice, and how her closest mentors refuse to help support her.
Due to Ophelia’s obedient nature and despite her love for Hamlet, Ophelia chooses to betray Hamlet by allowing Polonius to spy on them. Rather than giving into her own desires, Ophelia listens to her father because women were supposed to listen to their parents before making their own decisions. Hamlet also criticizes Ophelia for having sex with him, telling her that she should go to a nunnery. Hamlet himself does
He did this by having two settings: Athens and the woods. Athens represented modern Elizabethan society, and here, all the women are in their stereotypical gender roles; Hermia was the dutiful daughter that had to follow her duke’s and father’s orders, Helena was the girl that was in love Demetrius but was not allowed to go after him, and Hippolyta was the captive who had to marry her captor. Athens was a society not yet prepared for the inclusion of women; essentially, Shakespeare meant that Elizabethan England was not yet ready for women to have the same rights as men. To contrast this setting, William Shakespeare made up the woods. The woods is where the four lovers run off to, and where fairyland presides.
In addition, Juliet won’t speak ill of “him who killed her cousin” because she says that why should she if that is her husband: “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” (III:ii, 22). This shows that she is more mature because now she has her husband and she should defend him. Also, according to Juliet, she shouldn’t be crying because her husband could have been killed instead of her cousin: “That villain cousin would have kill’d my husband” (III:ii, 101). This shows that she is now making her own decisions and becoming an independent woman because now she doesn’t just cry because the nurse is crying, she thinks about her husband
In this play, he has created a marriage that promotes respect towards women. Traditionally, women are not treated as equals in their society, but Sophocles believes otherwise and expresses his opinion through his plays. Sophocles presents that the marriage between Oedipus and Jocasta is respectable and equal. When Oedipus was going through a difficult time, Jocasta became aware of this and wanted nothing else but to help Oedipus find what he was looking for. Oedipus, who is in search of the truth regarding his birth, is questioning Jocasta, looking for answers.
This “future queen” sees the life she could have flash before her eyes and obviously Macbeth was hesitant because King Duncan was a honest man and Macbeth was a “servant” to him and he was family to Macbeth so he really didn’t want to go through with it. This fueled Lady Macbeth to conjure the death of King Duncan as well as covering it up. Lady Macbeth in Act 1, asked the spirits if they could “unsex” her so that she could ultimately be capable to go through with the killing. She felt like her husband (Macbeth) could not do her dirty work that she could wish that she could do herself. Lady Macbeth tried and attempted to fasten onto Macbeth’s inner feelings and attacked his level of masculinity.
She has the strong reputation of not telling a single lie throughout the play up until they were in court. Sometimes pressured situations push people to lie especially if it's for the people that they love. Elizabeth truly loved John Proctor and she was too kind hearted of a women to seek revenge on him or even Abigail. Another point is that out of all the people that would be guilty, Elizabeth would be the last on the list because of her devotion and genuine character. She also doesn't have a strong enough motive against Abigail besides the affair, which she had already moved on from.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
This realization is what inspires her decision to rebel against society’s standards for her. The sea also symbolizes Edna’s love, at first soft and sensuous, but ultimately causes her death Character Development Edna starts the novel a devoted wife who is concerned with pleasing her husband along with keeping up appearances. As she falls in love with Robert, she is more aware of her sexuality and decides she rather please herself, than her family. So she abandons her wifely and motherly duties to pursue this relationship by moving out and refusing to raise her children. She then continued to pursue Robert but did not want to marry him because she doesn’t want him to own her.
Elizabeth was bound to hang, until John Proctor’s guilt came into play. “My wife will never die for me…,”(p. 1311) this quote shows that he knows what is happening is because of his actions in the past. He feels guilty for what happened and knows that it is his responsibility to end the madness and save his wife. John Proctor affected his wife immensely with his guilt by confessing lechery and then acting as if he hates