Queen Victoria paved the way for female leaders of the future, Christina Rosetti’s writings set her apart as one of the greatest female writers of the 19th century, and Florence Nightingale’s contributions during the Crimean War helped establish the modern profession of nursing. Modern Britain would have been altered greatly without these three important women. These influential women and help embody everything the Victorian Age is known for.
This character represents the virtuous and perfect things in which society bestows upon the women of this time, giving great power to beauty and fortune. Although these charac... ... middle of paper ... ...r Gawain and the Green Knight and Lanval are distant representations of real women in this time period. Society plays an important role in stereotyping women based on their good and evil nature as well as, their actions towards men. Even though this separation might sometimes be true, it is the perfect virgin that will always be a symbol of excellence and strength. The relationship between perfection and flaw is checkered throughout history, becoming a frequent comparison in many medieval works.
According to Barbra Leaming, who wrote Monroe’s biography, “It was 'Aunt Grace' who first encouraged Norma Jeane to believe that she was destined to be a star like Jean Harlow." (Leaming, 1998). From being a victim in horrible circumstances which causes emotional deprivation, the effect can be depression, lack of confidence and low self -esteem. Nonetheless, Monroe was iconic for her beauty and not even her past could overshadow that. “She was an epitome of sensuality, beauty and effervescence and was naturally photogenic.”(Leaming, 1998) explains how her beauty got her started on her career.
She showed the world that models no longer were just a pretty face but also shrewd businesswomen with enterprises of their own. Twiggy paved the way for the top models of today, and will always be remembered. Her body matched Diana Vreeland's description of the perfect contemporary woman: "the straightest legs, knees like little peaches, tiny narrow supple feet, rounded arms, and beautiful wrists and throat. She was both modern and romantic. She was perfect."
Mina Murray is a paramount of the ideal Victorian woman because she embodies the virtues of the times, never questioning male prestige or her place in their community. Approval of her character is apparent when Van Helsing praises Mina by saying, “She is one of God's women, fashioned by His own hand to us men and other women that there is a heaven where we can enter... So sweet, so noble... ... middle of paper ... ...t history, gender deviations have been punished as much as they have been rewarded, and for the duration of Dracula, deviating from the Victorian women's stereotypical ideals was severely penalized. As the novel indulges in male imagination, the only feasible way women could gain control in the male dominated society was through sexual expression that was echoed in vampire contagion. This threat of sexuality was deemed evil, and the men partaking in this moral battle succeed in defeating it.
Mr. Rochester describes Bertha Mason as excessively beautiful and able to both dance and sing. However, the beauty Bertha has ... ... middle of paper ... ...led her to her death. In comparison, Jane is described to be plain with a big heart, and it is just this compassion and kindness that won Mr. Rochester’s true love. Brontë is able to look past what is on the outside and recognize the beauty that is within a person. Finally, Brontë develops two types of characters that persist throughout the novel.
Eliot’s tragic character remains a haunting image of the consequences of physical beauty untempered by a firm sense of morality and fed by consuming vanity. Eliot’s comparison clearly illustrates “proper” feminine beauty. Dinah’s beauty leads to marriage and motherhood; Hetty’s, to moral transgression, murder, and eventual death. However, Dinah is so idealized that she loses the level of realism that Eliot so deftly created within many of her other characters, and the reader is not without sympathy for Hetty, whose fall appears to be precipitated by a common enough form of young feminine vanity. These examples speak volumes toward the practicality of conventions that demanded feminine perfection in both appearance and action.
The jaded world in The Great Gatsby objectifies females, especially Daisy, ... ... middle of paper ... ...hing to live in the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. The novel emphasizes how a woman's reputation and success results from the wealth and ranking of her husband, a way of life Daisy felt she had no other choice but to accept. Daisy’s words accent the positive and negative qualities of her character and present motives for her actions as a conflicted woman in the Roaring Twenties. Daisy's cowardly and selfish words cause complications with deadly consequences. Overall, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby surpasses the typical tragic love story in more ways than one.
Certain aspects of fashion in today’s media, particularly with photoshop, create a distorted and unattainable reality except through extensive surgery. These unachievable standards create a negative body image resulting in low mental and physical health of young girls growing up today. Until the late 1800s, the voluptuous woman dominated the ideal body image. Through the early 1900s, for a woman to have extra weight on her body was a sign of good health and wealth (Markula). An obvious example is Marilyn Monroe, the revered sex goddess of the 1950’s, who worked as a model in the 1940’s and after winning multiple beauty contests, went on to become one of the most worshipped female actresses of her time.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pearl Poet surreptitiously conceals Lady Bercelak’s vital role; her illustrious beauty, seductiveness, and deceiving nature make Lady Bercelak the most powerful character in this Arthurian legend. When Sir Gawain meets Lady Bercelak for the first time, the recognition of her beauty is prominent. There are multiple women in all of society that have attractive features, but Lady Bercelak’s beauty is one that cannot be perfectly defined. Sir Gawain explains that she “excels the queen herself” (2.945). Transcending the beauty of Queen Guinevere is unheard of which makes Lady Bercelak already a curious character.