She demonstrates her great concern with her husb... ... middle of paper ... ...nglish society, Shakespeare places his female characters at the center of the action, making them equally important, if not more important than their male counterparts. These women, especially, allow the audience to view gender roles and gender restrictions imposed by society in a new light. Perhaps women are not as frail, dim-witted, and incapable as once thought. Shakespeare seems to lead us to the idea of women holding significant yet distinctive roles in society. He has effectively created strong, independent women who do not accept traditionally prescribed gender roles, but instead speak what they will, when they will, and do what they deem best.
In the tragedy Medea, written by Euripides, Medea plays the major role in this story, unlike most Greek stories with women playing only minor roles, but she also demonstrates many behavioral and psychological patterns unlike any other Greek women. In Euripides’ Medea the main character, Medea, Displays many traits that breakdown traditional Athenian misogyny by displaying her as proactive in taking her revenge, having cruel and savage passions, and being a very manipulative women. Medea shows herself to be a proactive, determined woman who is ready to do what she has been planning throughout the story. In the begging of the book she starts to threaten revenge on her husband, Jason, “If I can find the means or devise to pay my husband back for what he has done to me…”(pg 9). Medea is just touching on her anger that she has built up within her for her husband.
Desdemona is an important female character as she displays strong traits to prove her power as a woman throughout the play. She is able to choose her husband instead of being arranged one, this is evident by Othello’s quote, “For she had eyes and chose me” (I, iii, 195). Desdemona also demonstrates her courage by speaking against her noble father, Brabantio, in respect of her mother’s action in order to justify her engagement with Othello. As what she said, “And so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, so much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord” (I, iii, 184-189). With this courage of hers, Desdemona has not only successfully convinced her father for the marriage, but also showed her power to disprove what was judged as the bewitched love.
The women in this play try to fight against this inequality and in the end it is the patriarch of the family that is fooled by Tartuffe yet most of the female characters remain un-fooled throughout the play. Two of the female characters in this play, Doreen and Elmire play significantly different roles in the home. They have different personalities, different household duties and drastically different social standing. As different as these women are, they both show signs of early feminism. To various degrees they fight for want they believe is right.
One must overcome the tribulations handed to him or her by his or her society. Often women have a more difficult time breaking through the chains that society has cast upon them. In three specific instances, Hedda Gabler from Hedda Gabler, Jessie from ‘Night, Mother, and Sally from Lips Together Teeth Apart are all strong female characters created to display a woman’s search for a way out of the bonds of her society. These powerful women characters do so in similar ways as well as different ways, each according to the plot of her own play. Hedda finds a “way out” after the internal conflict she faces concerning her true freedom in the society that distorted her, Jessie desperately searches for the truth while juggling the two sides of her character, death-seeking and life-affirming, and Sally seems to begin to face, but also unleash, the harsh truth whenever it comes to her, even at the most inopportune times.
By portraying women that find themselves in extraordinary situations at various points of their lives, Nair and Lahiri-whose novel does not focus primarily on women-challenge the traditional roles Indian women, are ascribed. Most of the women they depict in their novels are particularly strong women who are determined to fight for themselves no matter what. Doing so, they often break the codes the society has imposed on them, either deliberately or as a side effect. Crossing the lines of what is and what is not allowed in human relationships is what Nair's novel examines, as well as the consequences that it brings for all who are involved either directly or indirectly. The characters in “Namesake” are strong women who fight for their rights and are prepared to face the consequences.
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