Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me speech” leads her to acquire male attributes throughout the play, Lady Macduff openly criticizes her husband for leaving, and minor characters such as “the sailor’s wife” are inhospitable and unaccommodating. Although this seems to portray support for modern views of women, this is not true. It, in fact, reinforces traditional roles, as every “strong independent woman” within the play is punished. Women that go against “natural gender roles” disrupt order and lose their personal stability. This is evidenced by the actions of Lady Macbeth, minor female characters such as the sailor’s wife and the gentlewoman, and Lady Macduff.
Many examples in the play prove that Antigone's character is very capable of making her own decisions in the name of justice. First, Antigone opposes Creon's law and buries her slain brother; because in her mind it was immoral not to. She does this because she is compassionate and loves her brother very much. Creon, however, believes that his laws must be upheld and would do anything to prevent any type rebelling. He is even more infuriated when he learns that a woman has broken his laws.
The act of feminism can often be perceived as unpleasant, due to the insufficient understanding of the affiliation's purpose. Euripides and Aeschylus both created female characters who defined the basic laws of gender persona. Medea and Agamemnon portray strong, but rash women, who do not settle for injustices related to them. The epistemology of Euripides and Aeschylus works can be further understood when a feminist standpoint is considered. The women, Medea and Clytemnestra, show the importance of not treating a female as less, although, most women today do not kill those who are unjust, they do strike back against the wrongful act.
His inability to outwardly show his sin like Hester proves Hester to be the stronger one which supports the idea that Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a feminist composition. With a strong female protagonist and two mentally weak males, it is hard to consider Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter anything but a feminist treatise. He obviously intended to put down not only Puritanism, which is an obvious aspect of the novel, but to establish a powerful, secure female in American literature. Hester proves, although she has sinned in the past, she can confront her mistakes, take care of herself and her child, and help others at the same time. She can withhold a position in society that many can respect because of her character something the males of the story obviously could not succeed at doing.
Firstly, Jane Eyre is a very true feminist because of the way she deals with her relationship with men is incredible. She is a type of character who speaks her mind and doesn’t believe in gender differences. Jane Eyre experiences a lot of suppression in her life by men, but she always stood up against her rights. She raises her voice against cruelty and therefore when she gets into a huge argument with her cousin, John Reed. She speaks for her rights and doesn’t care if he is a male.
Ginny remarks, "of course it was silly to talk about 'my po int of view.' When my father asserted his point of view, mine vanished" (176). When she makes the "mistake" of crossing her father, she is referred to as a "bitch," "whore," and "slut" (181, 185). It could be argued that many of the male characters in the novel are suffering from a type of virgin/whore syndrome. As long as the women remain docile receptacles they are "good"; when they resist or even question masculine authority, they are "bad."
Jocasta begs, "For the gods' sake, listen, Oedipus / He's sworn by all the gods, in front of us..." (Ro... ... middle of paper ... ... the law she has broken requires a punishment, but she also knows that Creon has violated a much larger, unwritten, cultural law for which he is ultimately punished by loneliness. Antigone openly exhibits those masculine qualities hardly coveted by other aristocratic women such as her aggressive and quarrelsome nature and her utter defiance for those authority figures with whom she disagrees. Her mother, Jocasta, indeed shows strength and dignity, sometimes subtly and sometimes bluntly, through her actions and motives encompassed in the play. Although these two characters lie at extreme ends of the political and behavioral spectrum, when Jocasta and Antigone are compared, the qualities and characteristics of a true woman during the time of Sophocles emerge. Works Cited Paul Roche.
So in just a few short lines, it's already become apparent that while the chorus doesn't necessarily agree with the way that Medea is handling her situation, they are sticking by her and supporting her. This idea supports one of the important themes of the play: the battle of the sexes. Medea now has a chance to get a few things off her chest. She addresses the "Women of Corinth," reminding them that of "all things that live upon the earth and have intelligence we women are certainly the most wretched." She discusses the sad lot that women must deal with in marriage and again stresses the fact that she is an outsider, "alone, without / a city.
The survival of Ismene displays how abiding by the laws may be beneficial for survival but can also strip away one’s happiness. Antigone, on the other hand, is strong and determined but these fatal qualities lead to her own death. One sister is tough and stubborn while the other appears to be more submissive. The dynamics between these two different women provides a deeper insight into their morality. This ongoing battle on whether to obey the authority or go against them is still a capricious topic which is exhibited in modern-day society.
In many of Jane Austen’s novels, women are often portrayed as very passionate and strong characters, much more so than the men. The novel Sense and Sensibility, in particular, contains multiple female leads that display different aspects of a woman and her approach on life’s many decisions. Elinor Dashwood, for example, made her decisions and acted on her sense, making her a strong character especially when her emotions are tested. Marianne Dashwood, on the other hand, made all of her choices solely based on her emotions rather than sense, which is what made her seem weak as her emotions were tested win the book. Even with these two very different mindsets between the two sisters, Austen also placed a lot of cunning women into the story such as Lucy Steele and Fanny Dashwood that display how strong and zealous women can be compared to men.