Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me speech” leads her to acquire male attributes throughout the play, Lady Macduff openly criticizes her husband for leaving, and minor characters such as “the sailor’s wife” are inhospitable and unaccommodating. Although this seems to portray support for modern views of women, this is not true. It, in fact, reinforces traditional roles, as every “strong independent woman” within the play is punished. Women that go against “natural gender roles” disrupt order and lose their personal stability. This is evidenced by the actions of Lady Macbeth, minor female characters such as the sailor’s wife and the gentlewoman, and Lady Macduff.
I find this clever as it requires the reader to re read the line and puts attention onto the defiant nature of the woman's feelings. In stanza 2 the writer scorns the treatment of women as objects of perfection and shows disgust at the idea of a woman bein... ... middle of paper ... ...rriage for the woman. We can see a development of the poet's thoughts and ideas by the words used. The pronoun, 'we,' is used instead of, 'I, you,' before and this relates to the ideas posed in the last stanza, equality. The husband is called, 'comrade, friend and mate,' whereas before the word, 'fool,' was used.
Gynocentric feminism is concerned to revalue sexual difference and femininity positively. The literature about women portrays the realities of their mental and physical sufferings and desperate struggle for a meaning in life and living. A woman’s experience includes a different perception. Women do not say things in the same way as men and have different ideas and feelings about what is important and what is not. Explaining the importance of examining women’s experience Greda Lerner says: Women have been left out of history not because of the evil conspiracies of men in general or male historians in particular, but because we have considered history only in male-centered terms.
Androgyny in the Characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth In her book, Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy, Dympna Callaghan addresses the presentation of women in Elizabethan England, stating that "women were clearly socially subordinate, and the preponderance of discourse on the gender hierarchy was misogynistic" (Callaghan 12). According to Marianne L. Novy in Love's Argument: Gender Relations in Shakespeare: "'Woman' seems to be associated with qualities - emotions, fears, - one has against one's will, and 'man' with a preferable mode of existence. Men are exhorted to be men, and women, playfully or seriously, often attempt to imitate men" (Novy 198). While men and women were born different, it was society's treatment of their distinguishing sexual traits that defined them either as masculine, and thus in a position of power, or as feminine and unable to challenge male authority. Much of the literature composed in Elizabethan England reflects, whether deliberately or inadvertently, the gender inequities cited by Callaghan, Novy, and others.
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It was only stated, ‘Written by a lady’. This has been interpreted by some literary analysts as a having been done deliberately by the author to emphasize her message of feminism, the key theme in the work. (Hannah, 2006). The main theme in Drake’s work is feminism, with the author seeking to disprove the male stereotypes that have painted women as being intellectually inferior. Written as a letter to a female friend, as is thus indicated: “In a letter to a lady”, the author is said to have been inspired to write the essay by some conversation between ladies and some gentleman.
The moment the narrators, who are both female, tries to act on their emotions, they get discriminated. The narrators in both the poem and story get constant reminder of their place in the society. Also, they know what role they should play as “female.” The society uses the word “female” like any other curse words. “You can’t do that because you are a girl.” In the story “Boys and Girls” the narrator defines the word girl. “It was a definition, always touched with emphasis, with reproach and disappointment.” (Munro 144).
This characterizes Blanche as someone who desires is to be admired, loved and respected. She is proud yet... ... middle of paper ... ...tury faced at the hands of men. Williams play magnifies how women are incapable of doing the necessary work to survive; the play also says that women are incompetent and dependent on man. Stella’s inability to leave her abusive, rapist husband shows her weakness as an individual in a moral way; it also identifies herself as the wife that stands by her husband and no one else. She stays with him because she feels that a family cannot be complete without the presence of a man.
The stand she takes against the patriarchal order should be commended, but the steps she must take to reach her goal are repulsive. Manon is one example of the many women who are caught in the vicious circle of being viewed as weak and powerless but are ridiculed for their attempts to rise above it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s consideration of gender roles throughout The Great Gatsby reflect the sheer unbalance between the value of men and women in traditional households. Throughout the novel women are seen living a life controlled by men, and accepting their loss of independence for the materialistic values of life. Women follow the social code of the 1920’s to seem ladylike, leading them to succumb to uniform and object like personas. Scenes of blatant sexism are the strongest representation of the gender gap and the loss of morals throughout the 1920’s. “I’m glad it’s a girl.