Women In Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata

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The Renaissance’s attitude towards gender and sexuality was completely different from that of the Middle Ages, which considered women as dangerous sexual creatures. "For the first time in Western history," for example, "men stressed the fact that females should be educated. The Platonic orientation in humanist thought may have spurred them to do so" (Bell, 182). (mohja)Actually, the primary purpose behind the call for women’s education was not to heighten her position in society, or to “overturn her subordinate domestic role”, but to make her a better wife and mother. Indeed, it was only the high rank women who were allowed to be educated*. What equated women’s book-learning in the Middle Ages with black magic and disgrace, now, became a privilege…show more content…
She is a noble woman who has fallen in love with the Christian knight, Tancred, but instead of falling in love with him while he was the captive of her father, Erminia has fallen in love with him while she was his captive, and after he has defeated and killed her father. Subsequently, because of this major shift in powers, the Muslim heroine in this model does not need to convert, and to transfer the Muslim “gold” and land to the Christians, since her father’s kingdom has already fallen*. Erminia is thus taken away from the center of the primary action in the play to “a secondary feminine…show more content…
The narrator did not describe the woman with her face or movement, but rather he describes her with the strangeness of her dress: “she who seemed from her dress to be Moorish (384).” His mentioning the name of the dress she wears, "una almalafa” - the Arabic word for “the cloak”- shows an apparent Islamic difference. The use of the Arabic word "una almalafa”, in the original text, shows that it is impossible to describe the Arabic woman without using the banned Arabic language. (mohja). Zoraida, is the woman who is “dressed in Moorish fashion” and is considered as a turning point in the Western representation of the Arab Muslim

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