The Role Of Women in Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, as in most writings of his time, women are viewed as trophies or objects to capture the attention of men. I do not doubt that these men do love their wives, but the love, respect and admiration for their women is much different that of our time. It seems modern women are much more capable of having what could be known as an "equal opportunity" marriage. In the days of sacred virginity, and honesty of one's word, well off women such as Desdemona were not given responsibility. Women in her position sat back and left the work up to their men and their servants.
They do not want to be seen as a toy you play with for one day and put away when she not wanted. Chaucer gives men the opportunity to be noble and honorable men but they choose to be above woman and go against a woman’s wants and needs. Whether its marrying a woman for her looks or keeping up an end of a deal by marrying one who is not their original type, the men in Canterbury Tales are given a well learned lesson in life as these same woman master the men who betray their morality. As woman have the upper hand they give men what they deserve and what has been coming to them for a long time. The Canterbury Tales uses the knight and the old woman as an example of how men should view women, and how there is more to women than beauty and money.
During the Medieval time period, a woman would generally be forced to depend upon a man for her livelihood. However, in the world of courtly love, some could say that this was the first idea of goddess worship. Where the man is unable to survive without his beloved. As a result of this, her love causes him to achieve noble deeds, and become obedient to her in hopes of winning her affection. In The Lais of Marie de France, specifically Chevrefoil and Yonec, the author does not follow all of the rules of courtly love, yet she does illustrate to the reader the relationship between the man and his woman.
When we think of a modern feminist society we often don’t think of a time when women used men to get what we wanted. Men have always used women to satisfy their desires and needs. However, since Wife of Bath story from the Canterbury Tales, we see that women have used men in the same way since. In this essay I will argue that when a woman uses a man, it is the same as when he uses her. Sometimes what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander, or is it?
This made many of them very desperate with life, and some even concluded that the earlier traditional concepts were better. In conclusion, Ibsen does not portray Hedda Gabler for the purpose of critiquing the concept of the New Woman rather he offers a critique of the opposition against it. A support for the New Woman concept by even the males would lead to a harmonious transition from the Old Woman. With this male support, the men will earn respect and prevent the drastic actions taken be women to gain recognition and the end result will be an Old Woman inside a New Woman. This is because the males will continue dominating after engulfing the freedom-craving woman who has been silenced after the males show support instead of opposition
The hag saves him from a certain death and then requests that he marry her. In light of the events, the knight should be grateful to escape death, but instead he views the marriage to his savior as another form of the same punishment. He agrees only because he is bound by the promise, and the chivalric code forces him to keep it. In addition, the knight's thoughts are easily influenced by other people. Apparently, he recognizes the fact that he is often wrong and listens to the opinions of others.
This proves that men don’t find the need to be a good communicator. Women always get mad at the men for not being that good of conversationalist but, are the men really to blame. If men find communication as important as women they would communicate better. Many men believe that women lowered their expectations for the men they wouldn’t be as disappointed. Women need to accept the fact that men aren’t very good communicators.
Haywood seems to put her above this crowd of men and prostitutes, while she observes and makes judgments on the nature of their behaviors. She expresses that she is disgusted by the mindlessness of the men in this situation. One might argue that this depicts a reversal of gender roles. Typically, men would look at women in this way, and the male character wo... ... middle of paper ... ...f her time. She wrote the novel at a time where women were incredibly limited.
Ever since relationships were openly discussed in society, women have really only been given the roles of the house wife, mother, or “prize” but it seems as if those roles are becoming harder to obtain since men do not feel obligated to commit. Therefore, the purpose of this book, even though some might not agree with the stereotypes presented or advice given, is a step toward hopefully allowing women to really understand men and find love. Works Cited Harvey, Steve, and Denene Millner. Act like a lady, think like a man: what men really think about love, relationships, intimacy, and commitment. New York: Amistad, 2009.
From ancient times to current times men view women as sneaky and manipulative in the way they go about persuading men. A woman’s greatest power is her sexuality as shown in these stories. A man always shows a weakness to a beautiful woman. In both these works 1001 Nights and Bewitched, female power is instructive both Shahrazed and Manago use a feminine approach to force change on the men in these stories. It’s obvious that both women use sexual appearance to change the men in these stories.