Lear sees Goneril as being nothing more than an ungratefully child with a beastly attitude (Lind). Shakespeare shows how money and power are usually the root of all evil and can affect a person ethical values and moral judgment. Albany must have been blind by love when he married that witch! As for Lear, a father by blood has no choice but love her and her evil sister. Regan, Lear 's middle child, keenly fulfills the role of a deviant woman by demonstrating a violent nature, "first by plucking poor Gloucester 's eyes out, and then by killing her own servant" (Teach).
She is also taking a position of authority by doing things for herself. Lady Macbeth criticizes her husband, saying, “Wouldst thou have that/ Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life/ And live a coward in thine own esteem?” (I.vii.41-43). She calls him a coward, easily insulting him without repercussions and with the knowledge that he won’t do anything because of it. After Macbeth kills Duncan and is in shock of the crime he has just committed, Lady Macbeth says, “Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures.
“And Medea, in despair, rejected by her husband, howls out "the oaths he swore" and calls upon the right hand, a potent symbol of fidelity, and invokes the gods to witness Jason's treatment of her” (Euripides l 19). She believes the only way to get revenge is by making him feel as lonely and as devastated as sh... ... middle of paper ... ...ead to the downfall. Medea’s relentless need for vengeance, as she will go to any extreme to right the wrongs done to her, doesn’t get her very far. Medea is a symbol of a cunning woman incarcerated in a world of men. Her intelligence and clever schemes inspires every woman to admire her.
(42-46) The audience immediately realizes that Lady Macbeth doesn’t want her conscience or compassion to halt her devious scheme. In this first soliloquy Lady Macbeth breaths vile and hate-filled words. This soliloquy defines Lady Macbeth as a power hungry woman willingly to go to all extremes to accomplish her evil plan. Lady Macbeth is obviously morally bankrupt. In her first soliloquy Lady Macbeth reveals her desire t... ... middle of paper ... ...art to the pensive audience.
MEDEA-My sons, your father's feeble lust has been your ruin! JASON-'Twas not my hand, at any rate, that slew them. MEDEA-No, but thy foul treatment of me, and thy new marriage.” On the contrary, Seneca’s Medea is more brazen, going as far as to kill one of their sons in front of Jason. She never tries to shift blame for the sons’ deaths, rather without casting blame, tells Jason that he should feel guilty for what she has done, as he is the one who stirred up such rage within her. Also unlike Euripides’ Medea, Seneca’s Medea makes a gesture to cue her chariot to come to her, which again demonstrates the independence of this Medea, as she does not rely on the gods to get what she
MacBeth can not handle a daughter that portrays such qualities like her mother as she would be an equal threat to him. Through the fear of a challenge, MacBeth crumbles. Along with her potential, Lady Macbeth has a bursting confidence that leaves her husband disturbed. When MacBeth forgets to leave the daggers at the scene of the murder and refuses to return them out of fear, his wife does so herself. She compares his actions to those of a child while using her preferred way of addressing her husband, by calling him a coward.
The consequences of acts of rebellion against their patriarchal systems by Antigone and Lady Macbeth result in their premature deaths. Two women who exist in society as property of men, yet gather the courage to speak up in order to get what they want. Each of these characters uses her dainty hands in deliberate actions against their male counterparts in wild disregard for traditional rules. An inner spirit empowers them with silent force against the men of influence in their lives. Antigone claims her superiority over Creon in confession to Ismene, the chorus, and to the King himself.
Even though his wife coaxed him, his cowardliness in doing so shows his true side. He was very arrogant about the war, acting as if him alone won the war. All of his arrogance and betraying his family killing his daughter lead to his death. Another debate is what kind of women Clytaemestra is. Clytemnestra is portrayed as strong willed woman.
... ... middle of paper ... ...And when I have ruined the whole of Jason's house, I shall leave the land and flee from the murder of my Dear children, and I shall have done a dreadful deed. '; (Medea 775-780) The killing of Glauke and Kreon loses significance with the Chorus who are dreadfully anticipating the harm of Medea's children. Euripides uses a female chorus to signify the atrocity of a mother killing her own children. The Chorus no longer sympathizes with Medea, yet still blames Jason for the events which have taken place. 'You too, O wretched bridegroom, making your match with kings, You do not see that you bring Destruction on your children...';(Medea 964-966) Euripides role of female characters to sympathize with Medeas heartache in the beginning, and magnify the unscrupulous murder of her children in the end is brilliant.
The women of these plays also seem to contradict the stereotypical woman and have characteristics similar to the Homeric Greek warrior. In the opening scene of the Medea, the nurse tells the audience of Medea's sorrow. Although Medea has done everything possible to please Jason including committing crimes in his behalf, Jason leaves her and decides to wed the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth. Though Jason is able to manipulate Medea in the beginning, his powers of manipulation are no match for Medea. Jason also tries to rationalize his actions by claiming that his sole purpose in marrying Creon's daughter is to better the lives of Medea and their children.