It is easy to see Medea as a betrayed wife and to forget that she is also vindictive and heartless. How do you see Medea? Euripides’s Medea explores the conflict between a demigoddess and the male patriarchy amidst a breakdown of marital vows. Medea can be easily perceived to be a victim of Jason and the male dominant society through the misogynism she suffers. Medea’s persuasive rhetoric, along with the complete support of The Chorus and The Nurse, positions the audience to align with her, having suffered “suffering’s worse”.
Throughout the Iliad, females have been and fought over but also respected. Even though the society is patriarchal, women are necessary. Female goddesses are treated as equals to gods, while mortal women are inferior to mortal men. There are many examples of the objectivity of women and women being used as war prizes. Chryseis and Briseis and both women held captive in the epic.
Antigone ignites pity from others by acting as if she is bound to death. Antigone believes in her prophecy of death, so she wants to die for her family. Many citizens of Thebes feel bad for Antigone because she and her family are plagued by death. Since Antigone is the tragic hero, she suffers a downfall due to her tragic flaw, living while being bound by
In the The Odyssey, however, Homer told a story containing a lot more respect towards female characters. Examples are the heroines Penelope and Athena. The Odyssey is a rare ancient Greek literature to include such female characters with strong characteristics. This leads readers to believe Homer greatly respected women and therefore the regard towards women reflected in his stories. Homer told The Odyssey with strong heroines to allow his audience to perceive women as stronger individuals, attempting to change Greece's patriarchal society.
Traditionally, women are considered as feeble and inferior and Ismene is represented by these characteristics. Even at the danger of challenging a man’s authority, Antigone believes that a woman should stick to her morals. Ismene disputes that because she and Antigone are women, they lack the power to defy the states. She implies, “We are women and we do not fight with men… and I’ll obey the men in charge”. Ismene is under the impression that being born a woman is somehow a subsequent condition with men being “stronger”.
Three virtues appear to the book’s protagonist Christine after she breaks down regarding how horribly men treat women. Lady Reason, the breakout of the virtues, explains to Christine that she is to be a champion for her sex and help defend females. She convinces her that there are many powerful women throughout history, telling her stories of incredible and intelligent women. One of her stories focuses on the Amazons, a powerful tribe of women who struck fear into men’s hearts in the ancient world. This book was written in the 14th century, a time where females were under men’s thumbs much of the time.
Ari Mattes again gives a great point of view in her statement, “ We watch her cry as the wife and children of Macduff are executed, and note the look of regret in her eyes as Macbeth becomes increasingly mad” (Mattes 1). Showing from the eyes of Lady Macbeth we watch her wreath in pain of sorrow as she witnesses her husband go “mad” from all his actions. The character of Macbeth manifests into a completely different person in the eyes of film maker Justin Kurzel, as the character seems to be suffering from the pains of his tragic past, also known as post traumatic stress disorder. The memories of battles and violent times in the life of Macbeth, from war times to murders he has committed, puts a serious toll on his mental state. Macbeth can be seen dragging many bodies after the aftermath of war, and the killing of Duncan has shown that it has put a scar into the character of Macbeth.
One thing leads to another and all her actions led to disastrous reactions. The author portrays her as a selfish and manipulative person. Her main priority is not the well beings of her family but of herself. As her son, grandchildren and daughter in law were taken away all she did was plea for her own life. Convincing the misfit that he should let her live because she was a lady and he was a “good boy” is all she could think to do.
Because of these features, the author states that the men from everywhere heavily seek after her, which supports the idea that the feature of deceitfulness was appealing to the author. In “Against Women”, this feature is viewed as detestable. The Latin women are a shame to the author because of their deceitfulness. He believes that when a woman is deceitful or beguiling, she becomes unbearable or inhuman. In fact, he asserts that as a result of all the treatments women were using to deceive it was hard to tell whether the woman was “a human face , or an ulcer” (Fiero 162).
Women are depicted as powerful but also threatening figures throughout the movie. Women such as nurse Ratched and Billy Bibbit's mother, are seen to emasculate men and denigrate them. Bibbit's mother grip on his Billy’s life is so powerful that he commits suicide. Billy’s mother