Wollstonecraft’s second argument is about the objectification of women. She notices that “a pretty woman, as an object of desire, is generally allowed to be so by men of all descriptions; whilst a fine woman, who inspires more sublime emotions by displaying intellectual beauty, may be overlooked or observed with indifference.” At first, this notion seems to have nothing in common with women’s desire. However, Wollstonecraft argues that some “women deluded by these sentiments [of being an object of desire], sometimes boast of their weakness, cunningly obtaining power by playing on the weakness of men”, and this game leads to nurturing the desires in women. This has to do not only with sexual desires but with desire for power as well. Wollstonecraft says that “women, as well as
Power is defined as “The ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as as a faculty or quality.” Throughout history, women have significantly lacked not only power but the ability to be recognized as equal to their male counterparts. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, women are somewhat able to successfully gain power from society due to the fact that they use manipulation, deceit and their sexual desire (especially the character of Abigail) to acquire positions of power in their largely patriarchal society. Women are able to attain this power through using their intellect to express manipulation, and lying in order to receive attention that translates into power. Abigail Williams, the main antagonist of the play, uses her sharp wit and manipulative personality in order to gain power through causing hysteria and chaos in a restrictive 17th century Salem environment. The attention Abigail draws to herself through the accusations made in the witch trials generate a great source of power for her, when Abigail and John Proctor, of whom previously had an affair have a conversation regarding the witch trials she says, “I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window, and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness.
Second, he is the subject, but she is the object. Women are using their sex appeal by luring young and older men seizing their fortunes and inheritance (TM 416). The public does not approve this type of behavior and will be judged. However, her family will support her. Last, a woman who is mysteries has numerous advantages.
It tends to upset the traditional power balance between the sexes and construct women as powerful and men as weak and threatened. The femme fatale was; a woman who seduces, exploits, and destroys her partners. O’Shaughnessy was deceitful and homicidal but also smart and ambitious. Their independence and power can be seen as a positive step in the representation of women. These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother.
Women’s power to seduce men signifies their importance and superiority over men. Contrary to popular belief at the time, women play highly significant roles towards heroes and the male figures in The Odyssey. They give them aid, try to trick them, or seduce them with their irresistible looks. The women may not play the hero or partake in the main conflict, but they remain in the background, influencing the men in many ways. There are many other roles that women play, but these are the most
As well as her knowledge, Circe uses her appearance to seduce Odysseus and keep him on her island. Generally, Circe is perceived as “a dominant figure that tempts and empowers men” (Phillips). While men are generally known to take advantage of women, Circe misleads and overpowers them for her own gain. Her need to show dominance helps build her strong and formidable character that has a vital impact on the lives of Odysseus and his men. Throughout the poem, Circe’s character establishes how women are able to conquer and prevail over others with their own strength and
Women use formalities to gain an upper hand like men do, but women do this more politically than aggressively. Fidget states, “You would have found us modest women in our denials only” (Wycherley 1189). Meaning, they are modest in conduct but immodest in thought. This gets across the idea that women desire sex just as much as men do, and crave it without requiring compensation in the same way that men do. To his surprise, this presents Horner with an "alternate economy of feminine desire” (Burke 237).
“Acceptance of the idea of passionlessness created sexual solidarity among women; it allowed women to consider their love relationships with one another of higher character than heterosexual relationships” (Cott 233). By being oppressed, women were able to connect on a deeper level with other women in a non-sexual way. Women were able to discuss and bring out passionate topics that men couldn’t relate to at the time, since men considered women as property. This allowed women to translate their lost feelings of passionlessness with their men to with their “sisters” who understood what they were going through at the same time, and it allowed them become stronger as an individual. Female passionlessness also helped the
Gertrude in this play was more than any other character, the antithesis of her son, Hamlet. In the other hand, we can see that male critics emphasis Gertrude’s sexuality and her responsibility for what happened to Hamlet. This belief made Gertrude became a lustful, predatory woman, motivated by desire and ignoring the harm caused to her son. Moreover, the workings of lust also appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s book. In Cat’s Cradle, Vonnegut described Mona Aamons Monzano as a beautiful woman alive who made sexual desire appeared.
A recurring theme in classical literature is the treatment of women. In his epics “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” the women were objectified. The women were treated as possessions sexually. The society during this time was mainly patriarchal, meaning that the women in the household were expected to be subject to male authority; if they were not submissive, the women would be portrayed as disrespectful. While the treatment of women nowadays is considerably better than during Homer’s time, there are still some aspects that have stayed the same.