From the epics, one can assume that women are sneaky, manipulative, seductive, unfaithful, and disloyal beings that ensnare men and ultimately lead them to their destruction, whether physically or mentally. Not to say that there are not women like this in society but, portraying the majority of the female characters in this manner gives off the impression that women in general are all like that, which is most definitely not the case. Therefore the portrayal of these women is misleading and a little overdramatic. Works Cited Homer. The Iliad.
Lear sees Goneril as being nothing more than an ungratefully child with a beastly attitude (Lind). Shakespeare shows how money and power are usually the root of all evil and can affect a person ethical values and moral judgment. Albany must have been blind by love when he married that witch! As for Lear, a father by blood has no choice but love her and her evil sister. Regan, Lear 's middle child, keenly fulfills the role of a deviant woman by demonstrating a violent nature, "first by plucking poor Gloucester 's eyes out, and then by killing her own servant" (Teach).
In conclusion, by destroying the female characters, Mary Shelly alludes to the idea that women are always in victimized positions in society. In conclusion, most of the female character are often isolated, victimized and ultimately killed by the male characters. Furthermore, it is rather ironic how Mary Shelly, the daughter Mary Wollestonecraft who wrote the Vindication of the Right of Women chooses to portray women. In this novel, the female characters are the exact opposite of the male characters; they are passive, weak and extremely limited. Mary Shelly repeatedly shows women in a victimized position exhibiting to the audience how things should not be.
In the beginning of the tragedy a very jealous Aphrodite delivers a self-serving justification of her actions as she prepares to punish the virgin Hippolytus. Aphrodite's reason for wanting to castigate Hippolytus is really quite selfish. She is extremely angry with him because he has sworn off physical love and he honors Artemis, the goddess of chastity rather than her, Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Scheming Aphrodite who made Phaedra, Hippolytus' step-mother, Phaedra, fall in love with Hippolytus, decides to reveal Phaedra's love because she knows that if Theseus, Hippolytus' father, discovers Phaedra's secret, "all shall come out," the truth will be revealed, "father shall slay son with curses," and Hippolytus will be ruined (line 43 and line44). As Aphrodite, who appears to be so hateful and cold, plots his demise she vengefully says, "He [Hippolytus] does not know that the doors of death are upon him, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent son.
Emma and Estelle are quite similar characters. They are both victims of lust in their own stories. Both are extremely dissatisfied in their marriages ‘Oh, why, dear God, did I marry him?’(Flaubert Pg41). This leads them each to seek refuge through extramarital affairs. Estelle takes a younge... ... middle of paper ... ...orence loved her, where in fact she was living in sorrow, eventually leading to her suicide and her killing of Inez.
The poem is believed to have been inspired by an actual murder told in Extracts from Gosschen's Diary, which captured the imagination of the people. The poem “Porphria’s Love” is a mirror into the culture of Victorian women and men enduring inequalities within their social statuses and sexual realationships. The ideal Victorian woman was pure, chaste, refined, and modest. The poem introduces us to a woman long sought after yet when she reveals herself to the man he becomes overtaken with preserving her innocence and beauty. She embodies all virtues sought after in a woman of this era.
Miss Havisham asks Pip how Estella uses him. Estella uses Pip as her "mental punching bag," insulting him, laughing at him, and treating him with disdain. In asking this question, Miss Havisham implies that she was used herself, and indeed she was. Her fiancé, the genteel criminal Compeyson, manipulated Miss Havisham and snatched away her money and her heart. The devastation of this failed engagement forever changes Miss Havisham's character: she becomes a suspicious and vengeful individual.
This love Liza possesses is what Evgeny, the main character, finds most attractive about her. She is a helpless romantic and she has fallen in and out of love with many men before but when she meets Evgeny she surrenders herself to him freely. And then when he proposed and they were given the parental blessing, when they kissed ... ... middle of paper ... ...vercomes him, and results in his suicide at the end of this all. Tolstoy’s “The Devil” explores the dichotomy of the objectification of women as the angel and the devil to great lengths. Liza is his angelic perfect wife who loves him and provides him with a great life; however Stepanida is his devil that pushes him to a lustful state that ultimately destroys him.
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