Abigail even goes as far as to consume a potion with the intent to murder Elizabeth, which Betty confronts her about by saying, “You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” Abigail is so envious of Elizabeth, she does the unthinkable by accusing her of witchcraft. She claims that Goody Proctor’s spirit came to her and stabbed her with a needle. She felt that if she could dispose of Elizabeth Proctor, she could take her rightful position as John’s wife. Abigail deliberately lies throughout the entire play.
Comparison Between Lady Macbeth and Empress Wu Ze Tian Both Lady Macbeth and Wu Ze Tian were very heartless woman. Lady Macbeth was heartless in a sense that she was willing to forsake her child in return of being a queen. She told Macbeth “…plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you…” She would do whatever it takes to be a queen. Similar to Lady Macbeth, Wu Ze Tian was also a heartless woman. She framed the empress in killing her child when in fact; she was the one who killed the poor child.
Wollstonecraft cleverly does not try to prove her point through protests or accusations, but argue that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason. She believed it was unfair for women to be treated differently and passionately wanted to make a change. That it was time to let go of feelings and begin the thought process behind the rationality of the women’s predicament. Men felt that while they would get an education an... ... middle of paper ... ...to meant, but it was still attainable.
In “The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialism and Global Feminism in an Age of Terror,” Mimi Thi Nguyen argues that beauty as a measure of moral character functions to regulate an individual. Nguyen explains that beauty promises to be redemptive and bring an individual from the outside in relation with the world(362). For example, the United States through nongoverenmental orgainizations (NGO’s), have promoted beauty to Afghanistan women because it is a way if liberating them from an uncivilized barbaric society that oppresses them to hide their beauty through the veil. According to Kant, the veil is considered ugly because it hides the body, which is associated with the erotic. Kant claims that beauty made visible is true and good, while the invisible is ugly and erotic (266).
Women fear that will be punished by men if they stand against them and fear that being a feminist will make them cruel and lonely. Men fear that women will one day rise and surpass them. But it is with these women that great change can come. Being a feminist does not require a person to hate men nor does it isolate a person from the rest of the world. In both texts we witnessed that there are people who reinforce conventional views of gender roles and those who challenge them.
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We act the way we are expected to, and if we don’t we are shunned as being deviant for crossing these gender norms. This burden of attempting to meet the criteria of our designated gender role can even be damaging as we attempt to exert our gender in inappropriate settings. The only true difference between the genders is biological, and even in our contemporary age that is being challenged so that anyone can be a man or woman. I believe in the times to come we will see more of this burden of gender falling away as our cultures shift, although I suspect there is quite a ways to go.
“In order for women to accept themselves everyday of the month, cultures must change the way menstruation is viewed, and women themselves must take control over the way they… feel about menstruation” (Johnston & Chrisler, 2013, p. 12). People value the thoughts of others, so much that they forget to be who they are and have created a facade to hide behind. Women often feel obligated to hide their menstruation. It is taboo for women to be open about their bodies. If they were to openly forecast it, their actions and choices would be questioned by others.
In the section Women Men Leave, the authors state that “when we know what affects relationships, we are then able to change them.” They elaborate more on how people assume love is too special and too fragile to tamper with, yet the reality is that love is governed not by quirks of fate, but by particular psychologies, ways of understanding and predicting how people will behave in certain conditions. They emphasize on the importance of understanding the dynamics of love. The need for commitment has brought with it a lot of concerns including women assuming men do not want to, but these authors present information about just what it is in a woman that makes a man want to commit to her. Some basic but poorly understood differences between sexes account for many of the confusions and tensions that arise in relationships, like how men do not have a biological clock that might drive them into reordering their priorities. Given separateness and attachment, there is a built in clash between bonding zones.