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The Male Characters in "Pride and Prejudice" - Jane Austen has a great talent for developing her characters into what she envisions. Jane Austen’s effective use of character development is best displayed by the male characters in Pride and Prejudice, where the male characters are not what they first appear to the reader. Mr. Wickham, who first appears to be prince charming, ends up almost the exact opposite. Mr. Bingley, who is initially shy but friendly, grows in his confidence, courage, and independence. And last, Mr. Darcy learns he does not know it all, he needs others....   [tags: Literary Characters] 2225 words
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The Male Characters in Alice in Wonderland - It is amazing that nearly all critics of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland focused solely on the character and adventures of the female protagonist/hero. A somewhat right-wing and didactic critique at Decent Films writes, “Alice embodies the gender feminist narrative of vibrant young girls losing their mojo as they come of age in patriarchal society.” The woman’s magazine, Jezebel, while praising the movie as “refreshingly feminist” seemed to notice only that the hero who fights against the forces of evil is a woman....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland Essays]
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The Behaivor of Male Characters in Macbeth - In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the male characters, Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo, each revealed their similar and differential behaviors toward each other in the duration of the play. Macbeth’s lust for power, Macduff’s willingness and determination, and Banquo’s honesty and motivation were all key factors for this. This play opens up in Scotland where the King of Scotland, Duncan, receives news about Macbeth’s bravery in defeating MacDonawald. At the same time, the Thane of Cawdor is arrested, so, Duncan decides to give this title to Macbeth....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 828 words
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The male characters in The Arch Deceiver - Compare the male characters in Tony Kytes the arch deceiver and Spiv in love consider their personalities and their relationships with the women in the stories. Refer to social, cultural and historical contexts of the stories. The sory of Tony Kytes arch deceiver was written by the author Thomas Hardy who was born in 1840 meaning that this piece of writing is old and aged and some of the language used can be linked with the timing and nature of the author himself. The story is set in rural Dorset and this fact can be backed up with the language that is used with the Dorset dialect being highly prominent....   [tags: English Literature] 1209 words
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The Importance of Male Characters to Kate Chopin - The Importance of Male Characters to Kate Chopin Why and how does she use them. Kate Chopin is an author who examines the position of women in 19th century Louisiana. She describes their plight, living in a society designed by men, one that confines women’s behavior. It was imperative for Kate Chopin to highlight her male characters, as they ultimately are responsible for her heroines’ actions. The “Awakening” and “Desiree’s Baby” are two examples that deal with the issues resulting from a male dominant society, though the stories vary in their approach....   [tags: Kate Chopin The Awakening Desiree's Baby Essays] 860 words
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Biographical References in and Hemingway's Male Characters - Throughout the Nick Adams and other stories featuring dominant male figures, Ernest Hemingway teases the reader by drawing biographical parallels to his own life. That is, he uses characters such as Nick Adams throughout many of his literary works in order to play off of his own strengths as well as weaknesses: Nick, like Hemingway, is perceptive and bright but also insecure. Nick Adams as well as other significant male characters, such as Frederick Henry in A Farewell to Arms and Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises personifies Hemingway in a sequential manner....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway]
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How the Male Characters in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Conform to their Society’s Concept of Masculinity - Eugene August describes Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ as a profoundly male tragedy, one in which its protagonist is destroyed by a debilitating concept of masculinity . Masculinity is of course an ambiguous term and araises a gamut of views. Willy Loman, a failed salesman, embodies the deluded values and aspirations that could be said to originate from the American Dream, which infiltrates every aspect of his life. Whilst Willy is influenced by material and consumerist success, reflecting the play’s setting in the increasingly urbanized, cosmopolitan New York, Stanley Kowalski in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ defends imperilled masculinity in his less socially progressive community of Elysian...   [tags: male tragedy, masculinity, domestic violence] 1211 words
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Mainstream Game Development is Predominately Designed by Men - ... They are presented as tall, muscular, heroic and brave and most importantly they are no supposed to be things we want to own. They’re not targets or goals, their ideals are our goals, but they themselves as individuals are not. And that is what males are in the game industry, not objectified but idealised. Women on the other hand are objectified and are supposed to be what men want. Frankly this form of idealisation in what men ought to be is a problem in and of itself, but it is not the same problem as women, it is not equal....   [tags: male characters, girl] 1019 words
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How Male Characters are Portrayed in The Taming of the Shrew - How Male Characters are Portrayed in The Taming of the Shrew Male characters in the “Taming of the Shrew” play a significant role in the play as women in fact without the male characters one can say that the male characters wouldn’t react in the manner they do. The characters I have selected are Tranio, Hortensio, Lucentio and Petruchio because I feel they play more significant roles in the play then any of the other male characters due to the fact that three of them are suitors and that one dramatically influences how the play develops....   [tags: Papers] 1034 words
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The Role and Influences of Male Characters in The Bluest Eye - The Role and Influences of Male Characters in The Bluest Eye There seems to be a certain part, a certain role that every male plays in this novel. Whether it be the kind, loving, hardworking father such as Mr. Macteer, or the lowdown no good evil men, like Cholly Breedlove, Soaphead Church, Mr. Henry, and the rest of the little hellion boys in the local school. In the novel, the role that most of the male characters seem to play is dark, evil, and despicable. Is there a reason for this. Is Tony Morrison sexist, biased toward women....   [tags: Papers] 1244 words
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Compare and contrast how the three male characters are presented to us - Compare and contrast how the three male characters are presented to us in The Millers Tale and consider their roles in the Fabliau. The three male characters in Chaucer’s ‘The Millers Tale’ present many of the classic themes in and genre ‘Fabliau’. In English literature there is only a small amount of these tales and half of those are Chaucer’s. While in French literature there are over 300 stories. Nicholas is presented at the start of the ‘tale’ as gentle (hende) shy and therefore trusted and experienced in passionate courtly love, we can tell from his appearance and description that he will be the stereotypical fabliau character who is ‘cunning’ and always ‘makes fun of’ the other more fo...   [tags: English Literature] 906 words
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Male Characters in Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver and Tickets Please - My assignment is to compare and contrast the two male characters in the stories, Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver and Tickets Please. Wider Reading ============= My assignment is to compare and contrast the two male characters in the stories, 'Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver' and 'Tickets Please'. I found these two stories severely facetious. Firstly 'Tickets Please' was written by D. H. Lawrence. It was written in the 20th century. 'Tickets Please' is set in World War One as the narrator mentions "Since we are in war-time" The two stories, 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' and 'Tickets Please' were set 25 years apart....   [tags: English Literature] 2090 words
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Comparing the Male Characters of Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess - Comparing the Male Characters of Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess The creation of a plausible character within literature is one of the most difficult challenges to a writer, and development to a level at which the reader identifies with them can take a long time. However, through the masterful use of poetic devices and language Browning is able to create two living and breathing characters in sixty or less lines. When one examines these works one has to that they are quite the achievements for they not only display the persona’s of two distinct men but also when compared show large differences while dealing with essentially the same subject....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Representation of Male and Female Characters in Two Comedies - The Representation of Male and Female Characters in Two Comedies Situation comedies as a whole are a conservative representation of life mainly due to the fact they are screened at prime family times and want as large an audience as possible so try not to be too controversial. This means they very rarely challenge the status quo and re-enforce stereotypes. I am looking at how male and female characters are represented and whether the way they are represented challenges the stereotypes associated with gender differences....   [tags: Papers] 1503 words
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The Effects of Male Domination on Female Characters: William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily - Emily, from a Rose for Emily, is a noteworthy woman character. She had three prominent male character counterparts. The men in the story have different personalities, and each one has an intriguing effect on Emily. They each affect her differently, both emotionally and psychologically. All the male characters are dominant over the female character; however, they utilized their dominance in varying ways, which has a negative psychological effect on Emily. In a Rose for Emily, Emily’s father is a vindictive controller, and his actions have negative effects on Emily’s entire life: “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to...   [tags: Unhealthy Relationships, Psychological Pain]
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Gender Oriented Analysis in Wife of Bath by Geoffrey Chaucer - ... While the fourth husband seems to have been quite a lively character—she describes him as a “revelour,” quite aware of his lover on the side—it is the Wife’s fifth and final husband, Janekin, who has left the most lasting impact (459). She claims to have truly loved him—he is the only husband whom she marries for love rather than money—although his treatment of her leaves something to be desired. His prowess in the bedroom always overcomes any ill treatment, and indeed his primary appeal is that he is “of his love daungerous”; essentially, he is hard to get, and the Wife relishes the challenge....   [tags: sexes, male, female characters] 1428 words
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The Way the Male Characters are Presented in Tony Kytes, the arch-deceiver and Alison Ashworth by Nick Hornby - The Way the Male Characters are Presented in Tony Kytes, the arch-deceiver and Alison Ashworth by Nick Hornby The two stories 'Tony Kytes, the arch-deceiver' and 'Alison Ashworth', are both about a male character who is easily persuaded by the opposite gender into marriage or a relationship. In the two stories, both the male characters seem to have the females making their decisions for them, but the setting of the two stories seem to have great affect on the characters and how they react, because 'Tony Kytes' is written in 1895 and 'Alison Ashworth' is written in 1995, therefore each writer would have a different interpretation on the way they see life....   [tags: Papers] 967 words
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European Romantic Writing - In the novels of De Stael and Constant, women are used as a foil to their male counterparts. Corrine and Ellenore as the main female characters can be seen to be muses but in different circumstances. Corrine’s portrayal of muse is closer to classical mythology whilst Ellenore’s muse seems to be darker and closer to a femme fatale figure. This can be explored in the descriptions of Corrine and Ellenore, their relations to the male protagonist and the protagonist’s relations with other women. Corrine and Ellenore appear to share similar backgrounds, both have been forced to live away from their home country, lack parental upbringing, desire love and have been seen as unsuitable matches by the...   [tags: Female Characters, Muses, Male Protagonists] 774 words
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A Comparison of Women's Role Characters in two Novels - A society that is surrounded with male dominated characters is the primary causes of the way these two women turn out to become later in life. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” the attendance of the female lead is the chosen point of how much a male dominated person can turn a woman’s mind towards insanity. The two stories that are chosen to demonstrate the causes a male dominant character can have towards a love one can completely destroy the mental and physical stability a woman has....   [tags: rose for emily, female lead, male dominant]
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Characteristics of the Male Protagonist - Long flowing hair in the wind, a strong chiselled jaw with big muscles and a hearty smile, or perhaps no smile at all. Saving princesses, fighting dragons, befriending beasts and being cavalier. This generic stance of the male hero is discussed in Max Luthi’s essay The Fairy-Tale Hero; however, although the norm, this opinion of a male protagonist is not as immovable as it may seem. Max Luthi’s opinion of Grimm’s, Hansel and Gretel is that Gretel is the leading character and that the males are irrelevant to the outcome of the story....   [tags: Male Protagonist Essays] 865 words
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Media Portrayal of Transgender Characters - The depiction of transgender women characters in mainstream television has been offensive, insulting and derogatory. An article from GLADD called “Victims or Villains: Examining Ten Years of Transgender Images on Television”, examines 102 episodes and storylines on mainstream television that contained transgender characters since 2002. Of these, more than half were characterized as containing negative representations of transgender. In 2007 only 1% of television series had a recurring transgender character, which has slowly increased to 4% in 2013....   [tags: Transgender TV Characters]
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Analysis of Susan Bordo´s Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body - In the essay “Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body,” author and philosopher Susan Bordo discusses the history and current state of male representation in advertisements. While using her feminist background, Bordo compares and contrasts the aspects of how men and women are portrayed in the public eye. She claims that there has been a paradigm shift the media with the theory that not just women are being objectified in the public eye, but also men too. Since the mid-1970s, with the introduction of Calvin Klein commercials, men have started to become more dehumanized and regarded as sex symbols....   [tags: male, advertisments, sex, symbol, public] 1623 words
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Heroic Characters in The Lord of the Rings Saga - ... Since Sam was a gardener for Frodo he was often around the house. One day, Sam overheard a conversation between Gandalf and Frodo. They were talking about rings, kings and Dark Lords. Gandalf caught Samwise and made him Frodo’s companion. From here on out, Sam was Frodo’s sidekick and he followed Frodo through the fire and flames. In addition to Samwise, Frodo was also good friends with his cousins, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. These two Hobbits tagged along for the journey. Pippin (Peregrin) departed with Sam and Frodo and Merry (Meriadoc) later tagged along....   [tags: characters, group, hobbits, actions] 1889 words
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Medea - Male And Female Perceptions Of The World - Medea - Male And Female Perceptions Of The World Ask yourself this, Is this world biased against a particular gender. Do we mainly focus on women's issues or men's?' What would your answer be. I bet most of you would say no, we aren't biased at all. And, in many cases, that would be correct. But look at some of the other parts of the world where women aren?t allowed a say, they aren?t allowed to put their point of view forward even in our own society. They aren?t allowed to know information until the male passes it on to them....   [tags: Male Female Medea Essays Feminist Equal] 719 words
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Characters in The Odyssey and Ramayana - In The Odyssey and Ramayana, the authors depict the characters through the eyes of their culture and civilization. In both works, the representation of men and women reflects an ideal that was sought after at the time. Particularly, the texts focus on the relationships between the main characters and the religion, as well as the main character and their familial ties. In The Odyssey, there is Athena and Odysseus while in Ramayana, there is Rama and Sita. Both Athena and Sita represent the idealistic woman which base their actions and thoughts off of their emotions....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 1093 words
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Not Your Typical Arab Male Stereotype - In a culture where stereotypes are so common and thrown left and right, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say “That guy looks suspicious” or “You’re such a FOB.” However, we must be careful when it comes to these remarks or stereotypes because we must remember that what we are doing is simply feeding more into a closed minded society and contributing to the derogating of a mixed society. In all three novels, Throne of the Crescent Moon, Anatomy of a Disappearance, and Lebanese Blonde, all three male Arab characters have shown that they go against this grain of the stereotypical Arab male gender/ culture....   [tags: literature by Arab authors]
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Taming of the Shrew: Male Domination - Taming of the Shrew: Male Domination The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, deals with marriage. The ideas explored are primarily shown through the characters of Petruchio and Katharina. We are introduced to the trials and tribulation's which present themselves in their everyday lives. The characters bring up a traditional concept of male domination. Through the play we see the need for domination through Petruchio, and the methods he uses to dominate. While these ideas of male domination have remained a constant throughout the years, however recently there has been a change toward equality....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 1060 words
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Male Egoism in Prometheus and Frankenstein - Male Egoism in Prometheus and Frankenstein According to the Greek poet Hesiod, the Titan demi-god Prometheus was responsible for the creation of men. He manufactured them from clay, from the natural earth. When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, she left little doubt that the creator of the monster, Victor Frankenstein, by making a living creature from inaminate parts was a new Prometheus. But her metaphor extends beyond the immediately obvious. In Hesiod’s myth, Prometheus had an inflated sense of self importance and was determined to be adored by men....   [tags: Papers] 2407 words
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Male Roles in the Plays Antigone and A Doll’s House - “Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men” (Sophocles, 18). The popular literary works, Antigone and A Doll’s House, written by Sophocles and Ibsen, are two famous tragedies that have been performed and read throughout the decades. Although countless audiences have been entertained by these well written plays, few would care to guess that many lessons and several unfortunate truths can be found with a less than tedious inspection of the characters and the reactions they give to their circumstances....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Male Friendship as Viewed by Aristotle, Cicero, Montaigne, and Emerson - All four writers, Aristotle, Cicero, Montaigne, and Emerson discuss the importance of male friendship, and all four characters make statements about the superiority of friendship above other associations. However, the tone, the interpretation of friendship, and manner of rhetoric is influenced by the translation of the individual writer’s culture. Aristotle uses a rather categorical approach to friendship. By making strict delineations and then using examples, he establishes a rather strict definition of friendship that is created along lines of social class....   [tags: Philosophy] 1403 words
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Male-Female Relationships in Shakespeare - Male-Female Relationships in Shakespeare The women of Shakespeare’s plays are a highly discussed topic by many critics. Shakespeare portrays various aspects of his female characters through their relationships with the men in their lives. Numerous Shakespearean females appear to be strong, independent characters and would not be perceived as such if it were not for their relationship or relationships with the men in their lives. Shakespeare likes to focus his attention on the relationships between fathers and daughters, as well as the relationship between husbands and wives....   [tags: Father Daughter William Shakespeare Plays Essays]
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Moulin Rouge: Gender Inequality - In today’s world, men and women are perceived equally by the society. In the past, authority and control define men while women are given the characteristic of helplessness. Men are able to get hold of high positions while women usually are subservient to them. In movies, we would usually see women portray roles that are degrading due to the stereotypical notions they associate with this gender group. Moulin Rouge, a movie set during the 1900s narrates the story of a courtesan woman, Satine, as she undergoes hardships to earn money, experiences love but unfortunately, due to her irrational choices, faces tragic consequences at the end....   [tags: Male Gaze, Character Development]
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Clue and the Crisis of the American White Male - Clue and the Crisis of the American White Male Nothing is more American than the crossover appeal of products in the mass media; this appeal is what propelled the idea for the 1985 release of the film Clue, based on the Parker Brothers board game. Furthermore, in keeping with the game's theme, the film appeared in theaters across the country with different endings. With an ensemble cast of talented but little known actors—Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan and Michael McKean—Clue seemed like a film destined to slip into obscurity....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Demonstration of the Male Dominance and Superiority - August Strindberg’s naturalistic tragedy Miss Julie, plays on the shifts in power and authority. Whether staged between the Count’s influence over his servants or his daughter, the aristocrat Miss Julie over Jean, the Count’s valet, or more interestingly the vice versa of the latter relationship. The playout of the dominant character in the relationship is constructed not only by the constraints of class, social status, and often gender within context but also the fluidity of dialogue and tone within the play....   [tags: inequality, miss julie, august strinfberg]
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Youth Exposure to Stereotypical Gender-Bias in Video Games - Playing video games has become an increasingly common activity for the youth world-wide; in contrast, this also results in a rise of concerns by the media and researchers about youth-engagement with video-games. This critical essay discusses some of the primary concerns of video-gaming, focusing primarily on youth engagement, from the age-group of 13-18, in relevance to the stereotypical gender-bias that exists within video-games. Many video games promote the passive role of women in our society relative to the dominant sex - men, thus, casting unjust roles and gendered societal expectations of women in our society....   [tags: Video Games, Male Roles]
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Gender Roles in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator and her husband John can be seen as strong representations of the effects society’s stereotypical gender roles as the dominant male and submissive female have within a marriage. Because John’s wife takes on the role as the submissive female, John essentially controlled all aspects of his wife’s life, resulting in the failure of the couple to properly communicate and understand each other. The story is intended to revolve around late 19th century America, however it still occurs today....   [tags: inequalities, dominant male] 1952 words
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Homosexuality in My Summer of Love - “Acting queerly means, above all else, transgressing, disrupting, and subverting straight norms and conventions” (Nowlan 8); in other words, acting queerly means challenging the heteronormative ideology. The heteronormative ideology, or simply heteronormativity, is a cultural bias that sees heterosexuality as the normal and only one sexual orientation. This term also comprises the idea that in most societies exists a prescribed set of “straight norms” (Nowlan 8), among which patriarchy and a strong division between the feminine and the masculine play a leading role....   [tags: Patriarchy, Male Gaze]
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Gender and Consistency in "The Importance of Being Earnest" - The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded as one of the most successful plays written by Oscar Wilde, a great 19th century playwright. Oscar Wilde deals with something unique about his contemporary age in this drama. It addresses Victorian social issues, French theatre, farce, social drama and melodrama. All these factors influenced the structure of the play in a large scale. This play is basically a Victorian satirical drama showcasing the social, political, economic and religious structural changes that affected 18th century England....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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Hamlet's Mother: Lustful Widow or Evil Queen? - In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, much detail is given to develop the male characters of the play. For example, the protagonist’s mental and emotional woes are plainly outlined for the audience. This is not the case for the women of this play; it is left up to the imagination of the audience to devise their own opinion of Gertrude and Ophelia. Many critics have offered their interpretation on Gertrude’s personality that range from one extreme of the spectrum to the other. One Shakespearean critic described the Queen’s character as “very dull and very shallow” (Heilbrun, 1957, p.201)....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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The Role of Female Characters in "Frankenstein" - Can you imagine Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, the great work of literature, without, for example, such female characters as Mrs. Margaret Saville, Elizabeth Lavenza, and Justine Moritz. In this case the novel will have no meaning. All the women help to develop the plot, and without them Frankenstein will lose its spirit. Although these heroines have a lot in common in their characters: they are all strong-willed, kind, careful, and selfless, at the same time, each of them is unique, and each plays her own role in the novel....   [tags: European Literature] 1468 words
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Male Chauvinism in John Updike and Ernest Hemingway - Male Chauvinism in John Updike and Ernest Hemingway John Updike and Ernest Hemingway struggle to portray women in a positive light; because of this, Updike’s and Hemingway’s readers come away from their stories with the effect that the lead male characters are chauvinistic, which can be defined as “prejudiced devotion to any attitude or cause” (“Chauvinism” 228). In John Updike’s “A & P”, three girls shop in the local A & P and are described head to toe by the nineteen year old cashier, Sammy: “The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece....   [tags: Updike Hemingway Essays]
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Characters in William Shakespeare's Plays - Characters in William Shakespeare's Plays It might be deduced from listening to Leonato in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ that the world of the play is a Patriarchal Place where women who speak their mind are ‘too curst’. It is to a modern audience that Hero’s passive silence may seem to be the curse Although Shakespeare wrote his numerous plays to entertain the Elizabethan audience, his characters, aside from any comical or storytelling value can also be seen as repr...   [tags: Papers] 1460 words
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Difference between Quests Doen by Female and Male Heroes - Heroic fantasies are most often structured around the hero's or heroine's quest. This frequently turns out to be a quest for identity, although the hero or heroine usually does not realize this at first. "The journey of the upper-class white male is identified as the generic type for the normal human condition; and other members of society - racial minorities, the poor and women - are seen as secondary characters (Pearson 4)." "In the traditional, the quest hero is assumed to be a male who is separated from his known world, is initiated into a new consciousness, and then returns to his community (Russell 197)." However, when the hero of a story is a woman, her quest is essentially different...   [tags: American Literature] 801 words
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Male and Female Paralysis in James Joyce's Dubliners - Male and Female Paralysis in Dubliners Critics widely recognized that each story within James Joyce’s Dubliners contains a theme of paralysis. In fact, Joyce himself wrote, “My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me the centre of paralysis” (Joyce, letter to Grant Richards, 5 May 1906). Contained in this moral history called Dubliners are twelve stories that deal with the paralysis of a central male character and only four that deal with so called paralysis within a central female character....   [tags: Dubliners Essays]
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The Descent of Alette: Confronting the Male Hegemony - The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley follows Alette's journey through the underground subway system, which ends up being a whole different world. Alette's mission to take down the oppressive tyrant that controls this underground world, symbolizes her desire to confront male hegemony. Through refrences to the thesis, form, and historical context it is undeniable that the author is taking the reader on a journey through Alette's struggle with patriarchy. At different points throughout the poem Notley repeats the thesis of the story....   [tags: poem, power, equality]
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Clash of Male and Female Differences in Hemingway - In “The Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the theme of abortion is illustrated by the clash of a male and female relationship and the symbolic meanings of the Middle East. While in Spain the American and the girl are torn between one decision: whether to have an abortion or to have a baby. “The Hills like White Elephants” takes place in a train station in Spain. “The station [is] between two lines of rails in the sun”(Hills Like White Elephants-Litarary Analysis ). The rails run through a river valley with hills on one side of the valley; dry and barren and those on the other side are described with imagery of living, growing thing; in choosing whether to abort or to have the...   [tags: Hemingway, Literary Analysis]
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