"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o' th' milk of humane kindness, to catch the nearest way". This is ironic because he treats her as an equal and yet she thinks that he should be more like her. It is Lady Macbeth's ambition that makes her think of murder. After hearing about the prophecy, she takes it upon herself to make sure that it comes true, rather than waiting for it. Shakespeare wants the audience to see the powerful and impatient side of Lady Macbeth in this part of the scene.
Shakespeare includes a very generous and young women like Ophelia so, the audience can comprehend to the true essence of the male characters who try to plot and take revenge on each other. Ophelia starts off as a very glowing, beautiful and happy person but then results into a heart-broken and depressed women. Unfortunately, Ophelia has no womanly role model such as a mother to lead her to the right path so she eventually falls into her own sorrows with the addition of male supremacy in that era. Ophelia signifies the real actions/thoughts of the male characters in the play as she remains passive who does not let her emotions loose. Ophelia is an essential character in Shakespeare’s play as she enhances the audience’s ability to emphasize
Continuing on, Lady Macbeth is shown to be confident and coy. Her husband's inability to remain confident proves that he is not as ambitious as he thinks he is and Lady Macbeth is the true power behind the throne. As the story progresses, Macbeth’s personality goes from humble to evil and is later on hated by others for reasons encouraged by his wife. For all of these reasons, Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to be entirely opposite from the traditional gender roles. Secondly, Lady Macbeth’s person... ... middle of paper ... ...h from gender roles of common men and women, slowly and subconsciously succumbing to her power over him.
His comments just go to show what kind of women these girls were just by the personality of the man they fell in love with. Being a women in Shakespeare’s time seems as if it is nothing to be proud of. Women were treated poorly, almost like second class citizens. William Shakespeare did give women a bit of a voice and shed a new light on them through his plays. He showed that women could be strong, smart, and even showed that they could be violent and cruel.
Shakespeare uses the characterization of Kate to demonstrate how she defies traditional gender roles by being the only person to speak in iambic pentameter. This demonstrates her intelligence unlike many women. In addition, Kate doesn 't enjoy receiving orders from others. When her father leaves with Bianca and tells Kate she may stay, she gets angry. "Why, and I trust I may go too, may I not?
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This allowed her to only accept her father’s views that Hamlet’s attention towards her was only to take advantage of her and to obey her father’s orders not to permit Hamlet to see her again. Hamlet has the disillusion that women are frail after his mother’s rushed remarriage as shown by “Frailty, thy name is woman!” He also believes women do not have the power to reason. (“O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason.”) Ophelia has the power to change his view but her unexplained rejection of him only adds to Hamlet’s disillusion. The ghost’s revelation that Gertrude dishonored Hamlet’s father but also their marriage by the adultery with Claudius is contemplated by Hamlet until he goes into Ophelia’s room to look upon her. As Hamlet searches Ophelia’s face for some sign that might restore his faith in her, he instead believes her face shows guilt and thinks she is another false Gertrude.
Sofia Kourous Dr. Stella English 2 (B) 01/04/14 “If Wives Do Fall” Shakespeare’s Othello: society & the tragic role of Emilia The women in Othello are few. A grand total of three have lines, and only two are truly important characters. The females in the play, in accordance to Shakespeare’s time period’s own Elizabethan English ideologies and the gender norms of the society in which the play takes place, are put firmly ‘in their place’. They are meek, soft spoken, and submissive, treated like possessions by the dominating men and almost completely disregarded as individuals with their own thoughts and emotions. Bawdy jokes and cracks at women’s sexuality are rampant, and husbands get away with frequent misogynistic rants at their wives’ expense.
Some would say that all the men died of their own stupidity and pride. The power that the men have over the women in the play provides for the comparison between the two genders. The women are portrayed as weak and submissive, so when Hamlet is accused of becoming a “woman,” it greatly offends him. Because revenge and violence drive the play it revolves around the men. If women were the ones to have power over men, it would change the plot completely.