The Wife of Bath is insecure, cynical towards men in general, and ultimately, a confirmation of misogynistic stereotypes of women. Virtually everything the Wife of Bath does or says regarding different aspects of her life demonstrates that she is very insecure about herself. She begins her prologue by informing the travelers that she has the authority to argue about and discuss marriage because of her experiences: “Experience, though noon auctori... ... middle of paper ... ...ies that Alisoun does not believe that men are trustworthy or honorable, and that she believes that men only care about the superficial aspects of life, such as having a young, beautiful wife. The Wife of Bath’s insecurity and cynicism are just two of the ways in which she fulfils negative stereotypes of women. She tries to separate herself from other women of her time by taking control of her life by means of sex, but if she were truly progressive, she would have found a way to elevate herself without using her body.
She thought that we were all individuals who did not have an essential nature because we created that “nature” for ourselves. She rejects the nominalist view because being a woman is not a choice, someone is a woman because of the situation you are in. Women are different from men because of the history behind how they are treated. Beauvoir notes that the differences between men and women are right in front of you and are hard to be ignored. She said that “perhaps these differences are superficial, perhaps they are destined to disappear.
William Shakespeare’s Othello reveals the disempowerment of women in the patriarchal society existing in the Elizabethan era. Though the female characters of Othello were subordinate to the men, the women pose a threat to the patriarchal society. This threat of women is that they are a weakness to the men of the play, their beliefs differ from the norm of their society and women are an unknowing source of havoc. Although modern day society is still patriarchal, women have been allowed more rights and authority. Throughout the play it is revealed that women are the weakness of and therefore a threat to men.
They were all somehow blinded by love and let it dictate their actions. Shakespeare placed this portrayals of women in his comedy to address how society viewed women. He uses examples of boldness to show how it was unacceptable to defy authorities. Women were to marry men who could financially and politically advantage her family and could not anticipate finding love on their own. He also portrays women as vulnerable to show that society believed women were weak to love and could only make unwise or dangerous decisions because of it.
The women’s approach does not only lead them to knowledge, but also enables them to use their knowledge to make decisions. The women do not share their astute impressions and observations because the men do not expect them to make any valuable contribution to the investigation. This is a failure that the women discover and motivates them even more to “find own path in society”. In the play “A Doll’s house similar” Ibsen raises similar concerns as those highlighted in “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. For many centuries men have used all means to hold power both at the family and society level.
In conclusion, Hamlet needs to be looked through a psychological perspective as this depicts many aspects of how women are shown. Firstly, upon closer examination of the text, it becomes apparent that women lack wise decision-making in matters of love. Secondly, women's feeble mind deters them to make shrewd decisions, as they are immature and weak. Finally, a male-dominated society affects the females’ decision making ability because they are being controlled by the men around them. Works Cited Lahey, Michael.
Galinda does not only represent the homema... ... middle of paper ... ...n her a strong-will that makes her intimidating to the men. Creon himself says that the need to control and defeat her is greater because she is a woman. Antigone rebels against gender roles and social structure (Jacobs). Conclusion Women and men fear the thought of an empowered woman and the thought of feminism. 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.
Society should respect women and be more educated on the facts about why women turn to abuse and see their selves as not valuable in the world. These stereotypes on women are dangerous leading women to harm themselves because men do not value them. Women fall victims to abusive relationships and living under a stereotype that was created for them. Women give birth to men and for a man not to respect a woman is disappointing. All men should look at women they exploit as their mother or sister because I’m sure they would not want someone they love to be labeled as weak or dependent on a man.
Why do women choose to live in abusive and miserable relationships? Instead of taking actions and strive for happy life, women choose to stay silent. They have all the power to go against self-empowered men, but most of women renounce action. There are certain obstacle created by society and especially men that make it harder for women to stand up for themselves. The following articles explore and elucidate the idea of women’s silence and timidness to act.
One of the conflicts in Antigone, is the struggle between men and women. Ismene tells Antigone that since birth, women “were not born to contend with men,” (75) displaying women’s obedience and passivity. In the same passage, Ismene says: “we’re underlings, ruled by stronger hands,” (76) a representation of men’s aggressive and “stronger hands” that dominate women and treats them as second-class citizens. The only woman in Thebes who desires to break free from these chains is Antigone, who stands up against Ismene’s passivity urging her to “submit to this,” (77) and defy Creon by burying Polynices. By breaking Creon’s edict, Antigone challenges the traditional gender roles women and men play.