The Trojan Women follows a group of women, highlighted by Hecuba, Cassandra, and Andromache. The film shows the struggle that these miserable women are going through after losing sons, brothers, and husbands to the Trojan War. The amount of times that these women discuss their mourning is unavoidable. It is nearly impossible to watch the film without feeling empathy for the women. This is very relatable for the many women who lost their husbands and boys to the war.
Thus Ward is able to address the double edge sword that presents females in stories as “weak” or built upon the “wrath of a woman.” The inclusion of the universality that is associated with Greek mythology allows Ward to shed off the label of blackness from her work. With China, Esch and Katrina all carrying some traits of Medea, it allows the reader to see all aspects of being female from being vulnerable, brave, nurturing and protective. Moreover, Ward insinuates that women should be presented as empowering to one another and through Medea paralleling story Ward articulates her
She never recovers from the devastating death of her young husband, indirectly caused by the nature of his sexual desire. The death of her relatives are instrumental in reducing her to poverty, as do the desires, the costly “epic fornications” of her forebears. Her own promiscuous sexual desire destroys her reputation and her professional career. (Henthorne ) The death of her relatives leaves deep scars on Blanche’s soul, but even deeper scares are
The book “Spartan Women” by Sarah B. Pomeroy seeks to reconstruct the lives and the world of the Sparta's women; including how their legal status changed over time and how the women held on to their amazing autonomy. Susan B. Pomeroy generally analyzes ancient texts and to construct the world of most noticed females. Sarah B. Pomeroy is a Classist author in the twenty-first century. Throughout this paper, what will be discussed is: the author credentials, the book’s main aim, the book’s evidence, and the author writing style of the book. Spartan Women would be a powerful credible source to learn the life the Spartan women endured during their time.
"Medea" is a revolutionary tragic drama written by Euripides in 430 BC. The whole play focuses on Medea, a powerful and brave woman who is symbolising the women of ancient Greek. Her influence in Corinth reflects the male dominance in the Greek society. Her values are identical to a man's values thus she is considered as a contrast of Greek women who were suppressed by their men. She committed crimes which were barbarous yet she was able to leave behind a civilised message of women's rights and their respect.
What is worth mentioning in Sophocles’ play is that he not only showed the weak side of women but also the strong ones. For example, Ismene is the traditional role of women in ancient Greek—coward, fear of men power and feeble. For Ismene, "we must remember we were born women, not meant to strive with men" (Antigone). She even chose to die with Antigone while hearing her sentence, for she was afraid that she would be alone, she could not be able to fight against Creon, this men-dominant society. In contrast, her sister Antigone presents the “women power”.
In my few, the tragedy is not her, it’s him, because he loses a big portion of his life. His new wife is dead with the king, and his children are dead as well, and Medea will not let him get near them, due to her maternal side. She turned his life into dust for the sake of her love and her children. If you read the play carefully, you can see that she truly loved her children, but it wasn’t enough to let Jason have them. One thing to not is that Medea in Euripides play had no magical powers until she was rescued by the god Helios, which is deemed that she turn into some sort of superhuman but she is just a betrayed woman with two good skills, cunning and poison (Knox 285).
Portrayal of women is in answer to all the women in the Odyssey. There are different ways for women to be portrayed in the Odyssey. They can be disloyal, sexual, and loyal woman that gets used for these things. Could you ever grasp a point of how you would feel if you were the one being portrayed? In the first section of the Odyssey, women are presented to us as controlled by the culture of the day, and it is only within that area that we can consider the way Odysseus provides women to be admired or despised throughout his journey.
In his poem that takes place in a patriarchal society, Virgil portrays two women of authority: Dido and Camilla. Both of these active women are complex characters in the Aeneid because of their gynandromorphic characteristics. Although they are seen as beautiful, feminine characters, they also hold traditional male positions. Unfortunately, both women stand in the way of fatum: Aeneas finding a new city that would eventually become Rome. Through their intellectual errors and their furor, both Dido and Camilla die.
Additionally, Kurosawa inserted a context about how women were weak and how they only played a minor role in society in those days. In Rashomon, the samurai’s wife illustrated how “women cannot help crying, they are naturally weak.” Most of the time in the film the samurai’s wife was to be found crying with guilt and desperation. The wife begged her husband for forgiveness after the rape, yet was weakened by the cold stare of the husband. As the woman was trapped in her own guilt, she asked the bandit to kill her husband. The samurai’s wife lucidly illustrates how women were powerless and could not win the strength of men.