Gender Roles In Jocasta

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Gender roles have always had a major impact on society. For males, it is more acceptable to do what one wants without being judged, but for females, society will always try to find something to criticize. For many years, women have fought to obtain civil rights, a fight that continues even today. The roles of women have been reflected on within literature and may be used to show the evolution of the rights -- as well as roles -- of women throughout history. Told through the character Jocasta, an Ancient Greek tragedy called, “Oedipus the King”, was written in the year 430 B.C. when the author Sophocles generated a counterpart to Oedipus, using her to reveal the oppression of women by telling of a conflict in her relationship with Oedipus,…show more content…
But Jocasta was weak compared to Oedipus. Jocasta lived in a dominated period where males had more power than females. The only time Jocasta had power was in her home. She was the one who ran her household and directed what was to be done in her home. Jocasta’s role was parallel to the women of the Ancient Athens since they were in charge of maintaining their home to be clean. Women could not do anything else, but to stay home to cook, clean, and to bear children. Their husbands were responsible to work while their wives stayed home. These Athenian women were not held in high regard. Men controlled their lives beginning with their fathers, and once they were married it would proceed on with their husbands. Women of the Ancient Athens had no inspiration or power until the moment they could reproduce a male child. Producing children was a common belief at that time period. Today, people believe society remains patriarchy. However, women are now beginning to slightly have more rights, but not compared to the rights of…show more content…
After discovering that the person she was married to was her son, she felt guilty. Knowing that her son was alive and that he was seeking to find out the truth, she did not know what to do. Jocasta tries to persuade him not to investigate the case any further. Eventually, she gives up and takes her own life. Women of the Ancient Athens felt the same way. They had no future ahead of them since they were not educated, had no rights, and they were housewives. Unlike men, they had the ability to go to work, war, and have education. These women had no type of freedom, but to stay in their home all day long. Like Jocasta, today when people are extremely unhappy with their lives, they commit suicide. People of the Ancient Athens did not take this as a suicidal case, but to them was a hero fighting against overwhelming odds. Our society certainly does not believe in that, they believe the person is crazy and needs treatment to cure their mental
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