Feminists can interpret the play as a depiction of the sexist treatment of women and would disagree with many of the characteristics and expectations that make Miranda the ideal woman. From this perspective, The Tempest can be used to objectify the common expectations and treatment of women within the 16th and 17th Centuries and compare and contrast to those of today. This play portrays the women as fragile and pathetic beings. When Miranda is speaking to Ferdinand she is allowing him to see her as quite vulnerable, which will allow him to view here exactly as that.“At mind unworthiness, that dare not offer/What I desire to give, and much less take”(3.2.77-78). She goes on to say, “If not, I’ll die your maid.
That illustrates how unfair Polonius is to women, and that he feels because she is a girl she is his possession. Since she is his possession, he feels he is owed complete control of her. However, in all fairness, it is not just Hamlet and Polonius who are narrow-minded about women’s rights; all the men are. Claudius orders the queen around, and without her, he wouldn’t be king. Hamlet basically tells his mom (Queen Gertrude) to shut up and sit down, and Laertes tells Ophelia that he holds the key to her mind.
He also portrays women as vulnerable to show that society believed women were weak to love and could only make unwise or dangerous decisions because of it. Although there are no facts of Shakespeare’s viewpoints on certain issues, readers receive incite of his view of women through their portrayals in his
He then offers her to either of Bianca's suitors. Katherine's humiliation at this point is complete. Not only is she discussed on a public street like a piece of scandalous gossip; but she is also offered to her sister's suitors by her own father and profusely turned away as one turns away from a piece of rotten meat. Kate then tries to reveal her mortification to her father, "I pray you, sir, is it your will/To make a stale of me amongst these mates?"(57-58). Upon hearing this, Hortensio scolds Kate for her infamous temper to which she replies that i... ... middle of paper ... ....
She is the one woman no man has been able to tame, and no man has wanted to. The town sees her as callous, sharp-tongued, and unmannerly, until Petruchio comes along to woo her. At the end of Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew it seems as though Petruchio has tamed Kate but in actuality she has simply learned to play his game and tell him what he wants to hear. After Kate's father agrees to her marriage, Petruchio sets off to find Katherine and tell her the news. Upon finding her, they argue back and forth, teasing one another with playful words.
This c... ... middle of paper ... ...n more so to Jacobean audiences. Historical Context Lady Macbeth was able to fascinate me by depicting female subordination in a patriarchal society. To me she was an advocate for provoking authority for her gender but succeeded through immoral means. Being able to intimately understand her feelings and ambitions from the play, she made me realise that women at the time, could be as ambitious and cruel as men, yet social constraints deny them the means to pursue these ambitions on their own because of their gender. Lady Macbeth’s complexity and atypical characteristics directly challenged the normality of Jacobean society and engaged and fascinated audiences with great effect.
She in act one is seemingly attentive and polite playing the part of a good Elizabethan women, she wants the good things in life however may later on we see she may not be so keen to give back to her husband. “the more fool you for laying on my duty…” she offends Lucentio calling him stupid for betting on her, she may seem tamed but she is hiding a shrewish interior. Petruchio has seemingly tamed Kate, winning her over and turning her into a perfect wife. Kate throughout the play does not get her own way, neither does she get the last word, she is constantly overshadowed by men. Kate at the end of the play finally gets to express her opinio... ... middle of paper ... ...ion into a perfect wife is too quick Throughout the Taming of the Shrew women are perceived as second class citizens, constantly talked down to by men and in the case of Petruchio only married because of the dowry.
(I.i.75-76) and later treats her father in the most reprehensible manner, Cordelia denies Lear's unnatural request saying, "Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters/ To love my father all" (I.i.103-104). Her truthful refusal to proclaim total love for her father proves her to be the actual loving daughter but results in her banishment. From this first scene, the characters' alliances and allegiances are forged and all that follows is directly resultant. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth must be evil in order to advance the plot. The strong love and bond between herself and Macbeth enables her to influence him and spur him to action.
The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story. In The Chrysanthemums, John Steinbeck intends to suggest that all women are not equal to men in society. Elisa understands this when she is not able to take part in the same male oriented activities that her husband takes part in. Elisa is seen as a lesser of a person just because of her gender. That demoralism of women leads me to believe that Steinbeck thought all women were insignificant.
During the English Restoration, Mary Astell's piece Some Reflections Upon Marriage repeals the systematic way of marriage arrangements and advises woman to refrain from the contract until husband and wife are equal. William Congreve's play The Way of the W... ... middle of paper ... ...age: She identified with women and encouraged them to change their lives, respect their abilities, and avoid an easy admiration of men. She did not seek a revolution in sexual relationships, but she did attack in strong language men's use of wives as "upper servants," the waste of women's intellectual and moral talents, and men's self-interested, dishonest manipulation of courtship and marriage." (Smith, 818). Astell says that the women need to wake up and realize the inequality before they can take action.