In both Medea and Helen, the title characters are disobedient females. They do not listen to the males around them. In ancient Greece it was not acceptable for a female tolive by herself. They believed that females should be the servant, or the subjugated property of a male. Females relied on men for their protection but in return they gave their loyalty.
Having another woman proves the wrongdoings of a man. However the Greek society allows men to have the privilege to marry multiple wives, which the women have no saying in the situation. Through Jason 's action, it proves the injustice of women in the society world and how marriage life is for women during this time period.Since in the Greek society women didn’t have the freedom to speak out their own thoughts and feelings. Women were to follow the orders of their parents, for example forced marriage with another man. This led to unfairness for the women in the society and how they get mistreated by their own
She is willing to go to the battle field to have what Greek men have such as: “Adventurous, dominant, aggressive, and to be ... ... middle of paper ... ...ek men. The only control she has is over her family and why the stereotype of a Greek woman does not hold true for Medea, because there “lies eternal human truth,” rather than “clichés” in what Medea had done for her dignity. Her dignity “not only destroys herself as well as her enemies.” Barlow show Medea playing the submissive woman and the behavior that is what Greek society wants to see from Medea, but they don’t realize that she manipulated them to gain what she wanted to act upon her revenge. By “show[ing] her love as a mother fighting for mastery,” from her compassion for Jason that turns into hatred, with other character portrayed such as “bravery, treachery, loyalty, friendship, cleverness, callousness, reckless, calculation, [and] despair.” Even though fate took her away imagine the “emotional punishment she has inflicted on herself,” in the end.
He claims that “in [his] heart [he] never gave consent” to sleep with Calypso, but if Odysseus is truly devoted to his wife, then he would not have allowed himself to give in to the alluring nymph (li. 662). Odysseus is just as much at fault as Calypso, but the Greeks only hold her responsible because it is easier to criticize a woman instead of a man. Due to the patriarchy in Ancient Greek society, women hold lower statuses than men and are less respected, so it is easier to cast them in a negative light since ultimately they are inconsequential in comparison to men. Odysseus, like many other men, is a hero who represents the Greeks and is as close to a god as most mortals reach.
Ismene is unable to have control over her destiny and decisions because she is fearful of men’s power over women, which leads to her refusing to bury Polynices. Later in the play, Ismene questions Creon’s judgment by saying “you’d kill your own son’s bride?” (641) which indicates that she is now aware that woman should have a voice and power in society. Her new understanding of Antigone’s message gives her the strength to query Creon, while additionally highlighting his cruelty. Ismene’s original belief of “submit[ing] to this” (77) and being a proper Greek girl, eventually transforms into becoming an advocate for Antigone. Her transformation defies men’s authority, the opposite of what she used to believe in.
The Roles of Women in Ancient Greece and the Reasons for their Subordination Women in Greece were treated very differently from the men, they were thought of as less and weak men. The men controlled the lives of the women and made sure the women felt this way and knew their place. “Married women in Greece had three main jobs raise their children for the sake of Athens, show no weakness than was natural to their sex and avoid gossip.”(J. Coffin & R. Stacey 125).This was thought by all men in Greece but even more so in Athens. As time went on women became more inferior to men the problem did not get any better as Greece went into the dark ages. During the dark ages it is not exactly sure how many resources they Greek people lost, many major settlements were abandoned there are no written facts from this time and it was assumed that the people were illiterate.
In Greek society, the role of women was considered to be insignificant compared to the Greek men. The women had very few rights, no room to voice personal opinions, and a very bleak future with few options for a better life. According to Moses Hades, professor of Greek studies, women in ancient Greek plays are known to be the main characters and take the role of the villain, victim, or the heroine. In Euripides’ play Medea, Medea, the main character, plays all these roles. She represents the heroine by helping her husband secure the Golden Fleece prior to their marriage, and then portrays the victim by being betrayed by her husband, and finally the villain by murdering her loved ones.
Antigone & Ismene The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as different from one another as night and day. Antigone acts as a free spirit, a defiant individual, while Ismene is content to recognize her limitations as a woman in a male dominated society. In the Greek tragedy "Antigone", by Sophocles; Antigone learns that King Creon has refused to give a proper burial for the slain Polyneices, brother of Ismene and Antigone. Infuriated by this injustice, Antigone shares the tragic news with Ismene. From her first response, "No, I have heard nothing"(344).
The reason for this is because the men felt emasculated by these two women's actions. Women usually are the most unfortunate roles in Greek tragedies. As women, particularly as mothers, family is the most important factor of their lives. While men are after honor and glory in warfare or in politics, women are after honor and protection for their families. In Agamemnon, Clytaemnestra encountered a situation no woman should ever have to face: she had to welcome the murderer of her daughter, who was also her husband, back into her home (Agamemnon, Lines 897-899).
Antigone dared to raise her voice against a patriarchal order at a time when women in ancient Greece were generally fearful that rebellion against male authority would lead to unfortunate circumstances. My paper celebrates both: the woman in Antigone, and the feminist. Keywords – woman, patriarchal, society, Greek, rebel For a homage she thought was rightly deserved she practiced her devotion, and till the corpses both were out of sight hung fiercely to the notion that those who’ve died deserve as much respect as those who carry on, but who can blame survivors who suspect that she, like Metatron, would like to be the one who’s in control? She crosses that fine border that circumscribes the playing field whose goal is set for law and order. The ancient Greek culture when deeply examined reveals much turmoil on the basis of gender rights and personal roles within the society, as examined by Aristophanes, Plato, Bingen, and Pizan, each seemingly ahead of his or her time with respect to femini... ... middle of paper ... ...ven in death shows that she had a strong heart and solid mind.