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Women are not desired for their intelligence, wisdom and capabilities which might of kept a relationship deceitful-free. The “Wife of Bath’s Tale” had a perfect example of how a man should treat his wife and how there was more to wealth, beauty and a man’s own selfish needs from a woman. The outcome for the men in Canterbury Tales for their poor decisions were ones they had no idea were coming. A man’s ideal woman during medieval times were to wait on his every need, such as housework, propriety appearance and behavior, making and taking care of the children and sometimes fieldwork. If a woman was not married, then the needs of her father were attended by her.
The female figures in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were a perfect example of women being dominated by men, women who tried to go against men ... ... middle of paper ... ...day they pose as the upper hand. Relationships were not the exception to this, men dominate women and determine their status in society, leaving them as blanks of society. Relationships were not perfect at all, on the other hand they love and hate relationships where love lacked in all its aspects. Being a couple meant being dominated and suffering, and not being able to have complete happiness. The relationships Walker presents are just agreements that woman had to complete in order to be accepted by society.
This man is of a lower social status than she and is well known around the court as one of her stewards; the male is marrying into higher status. Not only this, but she is rebelling against her brothers’ characters by marrying a man who so strongly opposes them in his very being. Antonio is portrayed as a kind and loyal man whereas Ferdinand’s character resembles that of a possessive snake. Not only is she denying the marital stereotype, but she is defying the wishes of the most prominent men in her life: her
Her husband, the person who vowed to be with her the rest of her life, talks to her like she is not worth anything. Along with the Renaissance time periods beliefs, Iago displays inadequate ho... ... middle of paper ... ...r husbands. Although a minor character in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Emilia exists as a vital component to revealing his views on women being obsequious to their husbands and his negative connotation on marriage. Emilia’s decision to remain silent drives the play and in the end causes it to turn tragic with multiple deaths. Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage.
The Wife of Bath is insecure, cynical towards men in general, and ultimately, a confirmation of misogynistic stereotypes of women. Virtually everything the Wife of Bath does or says regarding different aspects of her life demonstrates that she is very insecure about herself. She begins her prologue by informing the travelers that she has the authority to argue about and discuss marriage because of her experiences: “Experience, though noon auctori... ... middle of paper ... ...ies that Alisoun does not believe that men are trustworthy or honorable, and that she believes that men only care about the superficial aspects of life, such as having a young, beautiful wife. The Wife of Bath’s insecurity and cynicism are just two of the ways in which she fulfils negative stereotypes of women. She tries to separate herself from other women of her time by taking control of her life by means of sex, but if she were truly progressive, she would have found a way to elevate herself without using her body.
The Role Of Women in Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, as in most writings of his time, women are viewed as trophies or objects to capture the attention of men. I do not doubt that these men do love their wives, but the love, respect and admiration for their women is much different that of our time. It seems modern women are much more capable of having what could be known as an "equal opportunity" marriage. In the days of sacred virginity, and honesty of one's word, well off women such as Desdemona were not given responsibility. Women in her position sat back and left the work up to their men and their servants.
Both authors wanted woman to be treated as equals with men, whereas the society they lived in was a patriarchy where “men are the center, [and] women are the margin” (Skredsvig). While both characters were faced with similar struggles as a result of the male dominated society, each character responded very differently. To their downfall, most women of the time probably would have responded as Elisa did and would have lived their lives in virtual servitude, while very few women would have responded as Nora did to stand up against their domineering husband. Thankfully, those few strong women, with the help from anti-feministic citizens like Ibsen and Steinbeck, did stand up for themselves and helped pioneer a more equal male-female society that endures today.