In the case of the above, it was the women of Greece. The myths involved showed the effects of the hybris of the Centaurs and the similar nature of the Amazons. The attribution of these traits to the women of Greece threatened the stability of the established patriarchy. Consequently, measures were taken to ensure maintenance of the women of Greece. It would be interesting to further explore the myths of Greek culture for examples of rebellious women and how they were dealt with.
In order to achieve this, the characters in the Penelopiad, particularly Penelope, are given “new outlook and voice” through the influence of contemporary attitudes (Irshad & Banerji 35). As such, Atwood is able to subvert the masculine focus while working within the Homeric source material. This includes frequent inclusion of asides in the text. Penelope, and the Twelve Maids, can then express their feelings, hidden in the original, in “imaginary space outside cultural constraints” (Khalid & Tabassum 19). This allows for women in Homeric culture to be finally “heard” as well as seen in the narrative (Nunes 238).
Sophocles proved to be a visionary innovator by introducing a major female antagonist to Greek drama. A few times throughout the play, he alludes to the fact that women have less power than men, and throughout the play, Creon constantly shows his hubris by being power hungry and unwilling
The Iliad uncovers the truth behind what Greeks believed to be the role of women in society. The Greek goddesses and the mortal women represent two sides that women had in society. The Greek goddesses held power over the war, whereas, the mortal women are there as prizes or timé. Aphrodite is the prime example of a goddess who held a lot of power, mainly by using manipulation, in the Trojan War. Helen represents the quintessential idea of a woman representing timé.
Throughout Aeneas’s journey, divinities such as Juno and Venus are seen taking advantage of the emotions of different women, influencing these characters to act in ways that ignore important priorities. Not only does Virgil present women as completely vulnerable to their emotions, but he also shows the problems that arise when these women engage in decisions where they put their own feelings ahead of their people. Virgil explicitly shows women neglecting important responsibilities when he describes passages concerned with Dido’s affair and her death, the Trojan women burning their own ships, Queen Amata’s opposition to Latinus’s proposal and her tragic death. Once Dido falls in love with Aeneas, Virgil uses a simile to describe the wound that Dido suffers from. The flame keeps gnawing into her tender marrow hour by hour and deep in her heart the silent wound lives on.
There are many women in the poem that acquire such extraordinary elements, all of which have been evaluated and considered in to demonstrate their impact against the affairs that delay the foundation of Rome. The ideal woman in ancient Rome is distinguished as someone who is apathetic, honest, and primarily, a women showcases qualities that are of which are the contradictory to men. The dominant ideology of Ancient Rome in the Aeneid, indicates that anything different or contrary to this assumption will cause chaos. Vergil’s work in this epic disputes the binaries of male and female, expressing higher capacity to women and the depths to which their behaviour stimulates warfare in Italy. The Aeneid accommodates many circumstances regarding female roles and what attaining these inhospitable characteristics bears.
The Theme of Women in The Odyssey by Homer In the Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, there are many themes that serve to make a comment about the meanings of the story. The theme of women in the poem serves to make these comments but also establishes a point of view on women in the reader. From this point of view, a perspective is developed into the "best" and "worst" in women. Achievement of this is through the characterization of many women with single notable evil qualities. Similar to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Eve like the many women in the Odyssey brings about pain and suffering for mankind.
While wearing such cloths they execute typical feminist actions or more subtle acts of subversion, the key component is that they rely heavily on the mocking of the dominant society, or on satire. The Girlie movement also expands to women who dress according to the dominant ideas of being “feminine” as a statement of the absurdity of the stereotype. This type of action is what I... ... middle of paper ... ... My Mother’s Sister. Indiana UP, 2004. Heywood, Leslie, and Jennifer Drake.
This Semitic-Greek goddess was worshipped throughout Athens and Sparta, and the vast difference in territories led to an exaggeration of her qualities, making her widely accepted among prostitutes (Brittannica School). Overall, his goddess was seen in many cultures and empires and was given many corresponding names including Aphrodite Pandemos and Aphrodite Melainis-literally Aphrodite ... ... middle of paper ... ...dia Mythica Online.11 Jan. 2014 . "Aphrodite." Myths and Legends of the World. Ed.
I begin with the analysis of the differences; these are the setting’s comparison as well as the social context’s one. I have chosen these two aspects since I consider that the social context was a key factor for the development of the feminist movement as well as the histor... ... middle of paper ... ...r. Some critics, and notably, Elaine Showalter points out that Ophelia has become the symbol of the distraught and hysterical woman in modern culture. Atwood's Lady Oracle is a feminist novel even only for the fact that its central theme is about the formation of gender identity. Joan writes and is written about; if Atwood writes about Joan's childhood experiences, about her interaction with male partners and other woman, then Joan writes about the precariousness of feminine subjectivity in a male-dominated world thanks to her character, Charlotte. All in all, I would like to conclude in saying that both literary works can be analyzed, interpreted and argued about from many perspectives; Hamlet, because of the play's dramatic structure and depth of characterization, and Lady Oralce, because of the complexity of the main character and the novel's form novelty.