At this time society was dominated by men, making women’s life extremely challenging and limited. The position and status of a woman ultimately depended on that of her husband. She was not given many rights unless it was allowed by her husband. Women had to withstand arranged marriages and there were times they encountered abuse from their spouse. What many people do not see in this society is that women longed for their own empowerment and they wanted to be given the opportunity to create their own success in life without being overshadowed by their husbands.
For three works, The Odyssey, The Wife of Bath, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, each author chose to oppose the prevailing view. The characters that these women play are crucial to the hero’s success or failure. Each woman is able to overcome adversity and oppression to prevail over the male sex. By doing so, they can be viewed as being a role model to all the women who read these works. Even though, there may not have been noticeable changes in the way women were treated in each work’s respective time period, they serve as a divergence away from traditional values and set a framework for further success in equality.
For the reason that even though they were fighting for the progression of women in their age. Some women did not wish to be removed from their place in society, because it was comfortable and easy. So really what was the point of the movement if even the women that were supposed to be advanced? This hypocrisy is shown through the wife of Bath pompous conquering of her previous husbands, yet only happy with her fifth husband whom abused her as a result of her
The women were valued in society, only they were not given important roles or any decision making power. It is as if they held no power in the ancient Greek society. This is why Homer's Odyssey is very unique, Homer put women into roles that were previously unheard of for women to possess. Unlike in The Iliad, where women served merely as an object to men; female characters of Odyssey are distinctive because they possess personality, and have intricate relationships with the male characters of the Odyssey. By characterizing the women in "The Odyssey", a reader may come to some conclusions about the role of women in this epic.
Pericles’ ideal of Athenian womanhood brings us to understand that in his opinion women were weak, nonexistent and vulnerable people in a society greatly guided by men’s wisdom. Even though many women did act just as Pericles described them to be, others refused to let men oppress or control them. Hera, Jocasta and Antigone are perfect examples of women that contradicted Pericles’ ideals of Athenian womanhood. In the Iliad one of Homers’ greatest works women are often depicted not only as inferior to men but as objects of possession. The story begins with a dispute over Chryseis a daughter of a follower of Apollo who has been taken captive by Agamemnon as a war trophy.
H... ... middle of paper ... ...he Trojan War, as Agamemnon chose to help Menelaus but getting her back. But while she was represented as a victim, she was a bold character that spoke her mind, and no male stopped her. Helen has a direct relationship with the Trojan War, with out her there was none? Women in this epic had many different roles in this epic, from dominant kind with power like the goddess of the story, or in captive as a damsel in distress type as a human, women were explained in many ways. The difference between the two genders is very distinguishable but to scorn females is out of the equation.
Because she does not hold the same beliefs and ideals of the women in her new society, this escalates the Greek’s skepticism of her and leads to further rejection. Jason explains to Medea that Greek women accept traditional societal roles and the duties placed on them by men when he says, “It is only natural for your sex to show resentment when their husbands contract another marriage. But your heart has now changed for the better. It took time, to be sure, but you have now seen the light of reason. That’s the action of a wise woman” (Page 209-210), but Medea strongly refutes these beliefs.
She also often helps Telemachus as when she sends him off to Pylos and Sparta to earn a name for himself but she has the most affection for Odysseus. Athena is confident, practical, clever, a master of disguises, and a great warrior, characteristics she finds reflected in Telemachus. Her role as goddess of the womanly arts gets very little attention in the Odyssey. Penelope works at the loom all the time but rarely sees Athena, and then u... ... middle of paper ... ...oes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism.
Society at this time was dominated by men, making women live extremely challenging and limited lives. The position and status of a woman ultimately depended on that of her husband. She was not given many rights unless it was allowed by her husband. Women had to withstand arranged marriages and there were times they encountered abuse from their spouse. What many people do not see in this society is that women longed for their own empowerment and they wanted to be given the opportunity to create their own success in life without being overshadowed by their husbands.
There are several examples where two characters are at odds with eachother, however, I think that one of the more important is Ismene versus Antigone. Ismene and Antigone are very similar yet very different people. Antigone is a rebel a revolutionary, she lives life by what is right in the eyes of the gods and in her heart before living by law. Ismene is a submissive and compliant women just as all other women of Athens.Women such as Ismene live their life according to the law and tradition of being submissive to the male authority. Both sisters know it is wrong for their brother to be left out and be scavenged but only one is courageous enough to act on it, Antigone.