His ideas about her being a good pure Queen are proved false as she turns her back on her husband and marries his brother. This bothers Hamlet before he discovers his father was murdered. “Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots, As will not leave their tinct” (79-81) Gertrude admits that incest with her husband’s brother has blackened her soul and will forever haunt her existence. Her son’s words have struck her and she realizes what a horrible sin she has committed. However, it seems she says this to appease Hamlet as though her future actions do not show that she is remorseful.
Hamlet goes on to explain the unreasonable timing of his mother’s marriage, stating how an animal would have mourned the loss of its mate longer than Hamlet’s mother did. To Hamlet, Gertrude has sullied his father’s memory by remarrying so quickly and with seemingly no regret. Hamlet also denounces Gertrude and Claudius’ marriage by noting the incest between the two, exclaiming “O most wicked speed, to post/ With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (Shakespeare, I. ii. 161-162) Hamlet blames women’s lust for his mother acting so soon in remarriage, despite her grief in her late husband’s death just a few weeks before. Hamlet is appalled and angry that his mother has committed incest, a sin, and less than two mont... ... middle of paper ... ...lled in him the seeds of hatred for all women, which he takes out on Ophelia.
In “The Birthmark” the wife is obsessed with her birthmark and believes it means something. Her husband sees her birthmark as a burden to her and removes it himself. Liz Rosenberg talks about Aylmer by saying, “In Aylmer’s “delusion” he mistakes Georgiana’s physical imperfection for a spiritual one, and in trying to cure her of her human nature, he kills her” (146). In both stories the wives have their obsession that worries their husbands. The wives have their own way of keeping themselves entertained and happy.
The Selfish Misery of Home Burial Robert Frost's poem "Home Burial" is an intriguing portrait of a marital relationship that has gone wrong. Though at first glance it may seem that the cause for the couple's trouble is the death of their child, closer reading allows the reader to see that there are other serious, deeper-rooted problems at work. The couples differences in their approach to grieving is only the beginning of their problems. Many of the real problems lie in the wife's self-absorbed attitude of consuming unhappiness and anger. Her outlook on her life and marriage is so narrow that she winds up making both her husband and herself victims of her issues.
Plath's poem "Daddy" describes feelings of oppression from childhood and conjures up the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society. The conflict of this poem is male authority versus the right of a female to control her own life and to be free of male domination. This poem starts out describing her struggle as one that has been unresolved because she was just a child when her father died. "Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died before I had time / Marble-heavy, a bag full of God," (lines 6-8).
Polonius and Laertes’ underlying assumption that Ophelia is a virgin cause them to make demands that present consequences down the line. It can even be argued that Ophelia eventually goes mad because of all the patriarchal oppression presented by her father and brother. Ophelia has no choice but to comply because she is in some sense at the hands of her father and brother’s decisions until she is married. Additionally, because her virginity is so significant to her family, once her father is slain by Hamlet, she begins to feel guilty. As she processes this guilt, it possibly transforms into the episode presented in Act
The power of shame is no more evident then at this point in the story, because Phaedra, feeling the height of shame after admitting her love to Hippolytus, must face both her husband Theseus, the man she should love, and Hippolytus, the forbidden love. Feeling confused and helpless, Phaedra allows Oenome to place the blame on Hippolytus, and this begins her change from feelings of shame to guilt. After Oenome convinces Theseus that his son has been trying to steal the love of his wife, Hippolytus is banished by his father and Neptune is sent to kill him. At this point, Phaedra learns that Hippolytus was capable of loving someone, and the guilt that she feels is from her denying another woman the love of Hippolytus. She has caused the suffering of another woman, Aricia, and now she has also caused a father to banish and kill his own son.
“The Birth-mark” and “Ligeia” both reveal the destructive effects of obsession with perfection on the principal male and female characters. “The Birth-mark” is a story about a young woman, Georgiana, whose husband convinces her that the removal of her birthmark will make her perfect and pure. “Ligeia” is a story about another young woman, Rowena, who is driven to sickness and death because of her husband’s obsession with his former “perfect” wife and her inability to measure up. These separate husbands inadvertently kill their wives through their obsessions. Hawthorne’s story describes the harmful effects of Aylmer’s obsession with the almost-perfection of his wife.
When Jim says; “it takes a certain talent… for lying” which suggests to the audience that Mother is corrupt, which also implies Miller believes America to be corrupt. In conclusion Arthur Miller makes the disintegration of the Keller family very dramatic and compelling for the audience, through the portrayed feelings of sorrow for Keller because he was trying to do what was best for his family. However, by the end of the play his family who he sought to protect eventually turned against him, driving him to suicide. Miller makes us feel least sorrowful for Mother because we blame her as she was very manipulative and emotionless when Keller committed suicide.
Gender and power intersect in shaping the tragedy of Sophocles’ Antigone. Despite Creon’s edict that Polyneices should be left to rot in the battlefield for being a traitor, Antigone defies the rule of man to obey the rule of the gods and her obligation as kin, as she properly buries her brother. Creon and Antigone can be both argued as tragic heroes, but the focus dwells on the King of Thebes. A line has been specifically selected to explain why he is a tragic hero. The context of the line is that Haemon pledges allegiance to his father, who criticizes women, in general, but attacks Antigone, in specific.