Explore Hardy’s representation of women in his collection of short stories The Wessex Tales Most of Hardy’s short stories, in his book ‘The Wessex Tales’, contain references to females or contain female characters. This essay will explore the author’s representation of females in, two of his short stories, ‘The Distracted Preacher’ and ‘The Sons Veto’. These stories were chosen because they contain two contrasting but similar female characters. Hardy presents two women who show great loyalty and no loyalty to their families, women of different social classes and women of adventure and passion. The author presents these women differently from the way women were perceived in that day of age.
Women who didn’t live up to these expectations were considered to be “bad women”. During their free time Elizabethan women would sing, dance, and write letters. (Papp and Kirkland) Lady Macbeth defied many if not all the ways of women of the time period. She was very ambitious in achieving her goals. Lady Macbeth took charge in the murder of Duncan.
Bertha and Mr. Rochester were set up and pressured into marrying each other. Mr. Rochester claims that isolating Bertha in a secret room is a justifiable act because of her mental instability. However, The Bertha that the reader gets to see exhibits an accumulated maniacal rage as a result of her imprisonment. Jane describes her as a savage woman. The very sight of her when she attacked her brother or when she ripped the wedding veil traumatized Jane.
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.
Wright’s neglect, emotional abuse, and the loss of hope has to the self- immolation of Mrs. Wright. Mr. Wright causes his wife to kill him because he killed her bird which resembled her-self and how she was pretty, happy, and was free. But Mr. Wright killed her bird so she killed him. He was responsible for his own death, by making Mrs. Wright self-destruct. The two women in the play have been picking up one the little house clue the men in the play would find in significant, because they think all the women are really talking about is trifles, but in reality they are talking about how Mrs. Wright killed her husband.
His conspiracy started to build up in Part III, when he overheard a mother scolding her child and saying she would consume him, because she was so angry. The protagonist correlates that with an incident, where a farmer was beaten to death, and his organs were harvested, to that the village people were eating people and he would be next. The protagonist thinks to himself, saying, "That woman scolding her son - 'I could eat you!' - those bleached faces and bared fangs, their roars of laughter; the farmer's story; the signs are all there. I no see that their speech is poisoned, their laughter knife-edged, their teeth fearfully white - teeth that eat people" (Lu Xun, Part III, p.23).
He told Miss Julie to leave the town alone for which she had agreed. But his cruel mind changed again when he saw Julie with money and wealthy stuffs with her. He once again told her that he would come with her. He mentally tortured her by killing her bird feeling less due to Jean not allowing the bird with him. This had hurt Julie a lot as she was very much connected to it.
Role of Women in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser in his epic romance, The Faerie Queene, invents and depicts a wide array of female figures. Some of these women, such as Una and Caelia, are generally shown as faithful, virtuous and overall lovely creatures. Other feminine characters, such as Errour, Pride, and Duessa are false, lecherous and evil. This might seem to be the end of Spenser's categorization of women; that they are either good or bad. Yet upon closer examination one finds that Spenser seems to be struggling to portray women more honestly, to depict the "complex reality of woman" (Berger, 92).
The repressive society has taught a woman to be culturally silent, and thus this act of writing is for her essentially an act of breaking her silence. These women writers are aware that hundreds of thousands of women are discriminated against merely for being women. Such an insight into the marginalized feminine consciousness is provided by Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters. Every woman wants to differ from the stereotypes based on sex but to win over the oppressive forces she must manifest courage and uprightness. Manju Kapur, as a keen observer, explores many aspects of feminine sensibilities in her novel, Difficult Daughters.
In essence, Karlsen tiffs that the section of women inside Puritan tradition, were constrained into a "helpmeet" requested the particular exchange connected with witches. Karlsen highlights with an remarkable accuracy, the prejudices connected with areas of the particular portrayal of women along with the linkage of the "lady as-witch" idea inside United states tradition. Many contemporary individuals ended up being perplexed by such hasty action against a force that has no evidence. Karlsen brings a plethora of ideas to the table regarding these prejudices and explains in detail, the injustices performed against entirely innocent individuals.