Lady Macbeth’s atypical and complex character directly challenged the archetypal principles and beliefs of the Jacobean era which as a result, drew major fascination through the ages. Lady Macbeth was Shakespeare’s device to not only stimulate audience’s emotions, but to also provide historical context and elicit dominant themes which reflected Jacobean society. Her ambiguous character and remarkable influences in the play raised a lot of controversy and fascination amongst both modern and Jacobean audiences. She can either be seen as linked to the witches in a feminist bid to overthrow the balance of power, or as a representation of the evil side of Macbeth. Nevertheless, it was her distinct characteristics and actions which ultimately catalysed the chain of conflicts of the play.
Lady Bracknell is memorable for her comically masculine traits and character. Not only does Wilde shatter our gender expectations, but ridicules the compliance of individuals in the performances that they make for society. Both plays raise questions regarding the submission of men and women to society’s presumptions and pressure regarding gender, and criticise individuals for conforming without asking questions. Each play makes us question our own performances for society and the performances of others in our lives. Nora’s realisation that she has married a construction is as unnerving now as it was to its contemporary audience because it forces us to look at our own behaviour and that of others around us, presenting us with a frightening and menacing awareness that we also may be existing in false and constructed lives.
162) during her honeymoon with George, to refer to her suspected pregnancy. The most prevalent aspect of societal constraints at the time, however, is the weight of gender role... ... middle of paper ... ...he faces, and the devious way in which she deals with it. Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House are two plays strongly connected by similar protagonists. Both also took place in what was then modern society, amidst constraining Victorian values; values such as the suppression of sexuality and the relegating of the sexes to traditional roles. The difference is that one protagonist, Nora Helmer, is merely a vehicle for providing a candid critique of society.
The two separate works My Mother Never Worked by Smith-Yackel and The Storm by Chopin hold similarities in their themes such as motherhood, womanhood, and being housewives. However the details, with in the stories themselves, hold many differences. A Mid-western American woman works are and makes multiple sacrifices to hold her family together during times of hardships in My Mother Never Worked. A Créole American woman takes a chance against her family to relive the passions of her younger days during The Storm. Though both women in My Mother Never Worked and The Storm are mothers and housewives, their morality drives them down different paths.
The protagonist moved out of her husband’s house when she started earning her own money. She was obsessed with the idea of becoming an independent woman, and she only thought that she can only become independent when she is away from her husband. She abandoned Robert her husband and her children in her quest for self actualization. Edna was running away from what the society de... ... middle of paper ... ...d and children, the protagonist wanted more from life and this led to her downfall ultimately. She strayed from her responsibilities as a mother and wife, and embraced her intense desire for self fulfillment which she never got in her relationships.
Henrik Ibsen effectively uses Nora and Torvald's characters to mock all the silly rules, expectations and boundaries society put on gender roles. Victorian society is portrayed as a cruel influence on the role of an individual that created a sequence of conventions and codes. The masculinity that Torvald shows in A Doll’s House is typical for men of the 19th century; it is necessary for men to be emphatic and firm when it comes to setting rules for the household. However near the end of the play Torvald’s masculinity becomes his weakness. Nora uses his masculinity against him, and breaks up the gender roles that society set down.
Yet she later discovers Torvald would not do the same for her nor ever recognise her as his equil with her own opinions, ideas, or worth. He had always treated her like a pet or child controlling her down to every aspect of her life from the clothing she wore to how she spent her daily activities. Torvald even believed Nora to be daft and naive in the ways of how the world worked from financial issues to social conduct. Nora then abandons her doll 's house, the oppression she live under, and the inequality held over her by her husband to be able to stand on her own feet. “I have been your doll wife, just as at home I was Daddy’s doll child.
One such person that was influenced by the advent of modern society was Arthur Miller, a struggling playwright who would go on to write some of the best dramas since Shakespeare himself and become a legend while doing it. Through the literary criticism of Christopher Bigsby, Harold Clurman and anonymous, it becomes clear how the ideals an points of Modernism are reflected in the masterpieces that are the plays of Arthur Miller. Modernism in literature was a new form of expressing one’s opinions that would go on to change the world and the many authors on it, forever. Modernists focused on new ideals on the world and the society that people live in and how it had many problems that people seemed to overlook. Modernists, in other words, looked for the areas of society and of human nature itself that weren’t always pushed out in front and showcased them all for the world to see.
Transformation of Nora in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House During the time in which Henrik Isben's play, A Doll?s House, took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Nora is portrayed as a doll throughout the play until she realizes the truth about the world she lives in, and cuts herself free. Nora Helmer was a delicate character that had been pampered all of her life, by her father, and by Torvald. She really didn't have a care in the world.
A Doll House written by Henrik Ibsen is about a housewife who realizes later in her marriage she is nothing more than another trophy of her husbands, such as his other symbols of wealth and status. She also realizes she has no understanding of what she desires, or what it means to be a woman really, or in love, or being her own person, and then decides to find out who she really is, outside of living in a "Doll's House" as if she were a plastic perfect doll. She has spent her entire life making others happy and being what they wanted her to be and not asking questions or having opinions. It finally catches up with her. This play is able to demonstrate what society thinks about what women should do or put into their gender roles.