She says, “what most mattered was that [women] be cosseted and flattered. That’s very near the truth it seems to me; A man can win [women] best with flattery. To dance attendance on us, make a fuss…” (Chaucer 283). This entails that women, as opposed men, deserve praise and flattery for their being. She (and implied other women) desire and crave attention that is believed to be sexual attention.
Lucy Westerna is the obtuse, innocent, fragile, yet sultry siren of male desire; her aggressive sexual power is threatening to the Victorian man, making her not quite pure enough of mind or strong enough of will to be saved. On the other hand, Mina Murray Harker is a clever, unadulterated, strong, yet motherly woman, the kind of woman all women should strive to be. Therefore she is deemed superlative and worthy of salvage. Stoker illustrates Victorian women in what is possibly his own view and most likely the view of most men of his time. There are those women who are to be vehemently desired, yet never acquired and those who are to be acquired with practical desire.
Although she describes such a relationship as being unequal and wrong, she does make points on how a man and woman come to fall in love. Simone mentions that “Through love, woman’s face, the curves of her body, her childhood memories, her former tears, her gowns, her accustomed ways, her universe, everything she is, all that belongs to her, escape contingency and become essential” (de Beauvoir 647). She then continues speaking about men stating, “This transforming power of love explains why it is that men of prestige who know how to flatter feminine vanity will arouse passionate attachments even if they are quite lacking in physical charm” (de Beauvoir 647). In both cases, the qualities- physical and nonphysical- of the man and woman are expressed in a loving relationship. The man uses his charm to impress the woman and the woman gives her all in order to catch the man’s attention.
The meeting of each new male central character is attached to a descriptive sentence of his wealth and background. As we read along the novel we see that most of the women in the novel notice this wealth and also notice that these men are in fact looking after wives to wed and share their life with. The first time Jane and Mr Bingley meet, the air is filled with promise and romance. They can be referred back to this opening line of that he is looking for mutual affection in his life. There is a lot of truth behind this quote which sums up the behaviours of most of the male characters in the book; with the slight exception of Darcy who doesn’t seek love though is surprisingly revealed to it.
When it comes to the topic of appearances, most of us will readily agree that men with perfect facial features with a satisfying body or a woman with a curvy body along with perfect facial features will be the reason of attraction towards one another. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of what really causes attraction of men and women in each other. Whereas some are convinced that a person’s personality can cause a major attraction towards a person, other maintains that a physically built body can be a reason for the feeling of attraction. Based on Dr. Stephen Marquardt, a Southern California physician with a specialty in oral and maxillofacial surgery, findings suggests that human beings find the greatest beauty in symmetry (Patzer, 15). A group of healthy young men confirms that a woman’s body most attracts them and most would agree that the hourglass figure- a slender waist separating large breasts from generous hips- would fill the bill (Patzer, 16).
The Wife of Bath was a parody because it mocked how women were ruled by men in society. This displayed parody because it showed a rare case of a woman successfully ruling men. As Geoffrey Chaucer pioneered English Literature he used many forms of characterization in his works. He notably used characterization in Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer used many forms of characterization to provide a great understanding of the characters in each of his works.
These two men both start out with the women practically chasing them. Vivian is paid to be Edward’s (Gere) “beck and call” girl, and does so willingly not just for the money, but because she is also mesmerized by his coyness, charm and good looks. Jan is attracted to Rex (Hudson) because he is also shy and coy and very handsome as well. Both women are interested in their counterparts for the particular reason that they are not men they typically meet. These men are respectful and somewhat quiet and shy.
Courtly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the Elizabethan era men would go to all extremes to show women how much they loved them. This was called Courtly love. Around this time, men were expected to declare their love for a woman like this, and the women enjoyed the men telling them how beautiful they were. Men who wished for a woman to love them back would carry on wooing their mistresses until necessary or until their mistress's fell in love with them. Although the thought of this sounds like a good idea for a women, because receiving attention is a nice thing, but there were rules and consequences.
Therefore in reality men much like Orsino almost certainly treasured the idea of love more than anyone else. When people did marry in Shakespeare's days it was predominantly for power and money. Love today is a great deal different than courtly love. Men and women are now treated equal and not only do men pursue women but women also pursue men. Today people in love mostly marry each other because of their personality as well as looks and not for money and power.
Both of these characters have shown the themes of female authority and feminine behaviour but in their own ways. Feminism can be explained in a very simple way that women are equals to men which means that they are as intelligent, as competent, as brave and as morally responsible (Decter 45). Ayesha is a terrifying and dominant figure uses her beauty to seduce and have power over men while Shahrazad uses her intelligence by telling tales to teach the King lessons. Most of female characters in the tales also represent femininity as they have power over male characters. They are both viewed as heroes in the stories.