Module A: Comparison of Texts Individuals challenge the values that permeate time, in a manner that is relevant to their society. This rebellion is evident in William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew and Gil Junger’s film 10 Things I Hate About You whereby Katherina and Kat initially disregard the social expectations for women of their context. The composers portray this comparably, using textual integrity so the women’s misunderstood, shrew-like behavior is suited to their culture and society. This in turn, provokes both characters to experience a transformation of self and their values. In The Taming of The Shrew, Katherina challenges the values and themes of courtship and marriage, dismissing the female etiquette when meeting her suitor.
Analyzing the gender roles of ‘Beauty’ and ‘Beast’ in Madame de Beaumont’s fairytale entitled “Beauty and the Beast” illustrates why I view women as the civilizing agent in their relationship with men. Madame de Beaumont, through her story “Beauty and the Beast,” showed her view of sexism and the typical gender role of both males and females at that time. She used ‘Beauty’ to describe ideal women while she used her sisters to show the cynicism in women. On the other hand, she used ‘Beast’ alone to show two personalities that men may have had. As seen in the plot, one may observe subservience in ‘Beauty’, dominance in ‘Beast’, and arrogance in Beauty’s sisters.
This seems that it is the gender that affects the conflict and as traditions followed then, it was the men that ran society and made the decisions for women. Romeo and Juliet also takes place in a masculine world in which notions of honour, pride and status are all major to everyone and these factors can escalate to violence. The violence in the play’s social environment is a dramatic tool that Shakespeare creates to make the lover’s romance seem even more precious, valuable and fragile: their relationship is scene by society as an insignificant feeling of love in a significant world of hate. The fights between Mecutio and Tybalt and then Romeo and Tybalt are surreal. Passion outweighs reason at every point and Shakespeare wants to highlight the young love in this masculine society as well as show it is the men that cause conflict and a world of hate.
She made it impossible for him to become friends with Daisy only because of her coloured skin tone. Ironically at the end of the story Mrs Preedy applies fake tan to cover her pale skin and make it darker. This shows that Mrs Preedy is a very nasty racist person that mentally hurts both Ben and
In Jacobean times women were seen as inferior and even in the Victoria era, thus she required external forces to crush her conscience to allow her to fulfil her ambition. Yet she is afraid her feminine qualities will prevent her from achieving the murder of King Duncan. Which would gradually lead to her mental breakdown. Regicide was considered a mortal sin in Jacobean times, one God couldn't forgive. Whereas Browning’s protagonist in The Laboratory sustains her feminine qualities this is reflected in the line “The colours too grim” in which she is referring to her dislike of the colour of poison and that it needs to be 'brightened' up in order to convince her victim to drink it.
The Methods Shakespeare uses to allude to homoeroticism in As You Like It William Shakespeare’s plays cover an array of topics focused on sexuality, from gender reversal to adultery to bestiality. But perhaps the most consistent and emphasized topic is homoeroticism. This focus on homoeroticism proceeds from the prohibition of women on the English stage and the subsequent female roles young boys would play.When looking at As You Like It Shakespeare is subtly hinting at the acceptance of Homoeroticism. When Rosalind decides to dress up as a man ‘And therefore look you call me Ganymede’ she is highlighting gender as a main theme in the play and showing women as clever and powerful who are capable of looking after themselves, but the idea of cross-dressing brings homoeroticism into the themes. In this essay I am going to talk about the different methods Shakespeare uses to allude to homoeroticism in As You Like It.
I strongly believe ‘In the process of transforming older texts into contemporary situations, the writing style and contexts change but the same values are reinforced” is false. I introduce Gil Junger’s ’10 Things I Hate about You’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ which I will be using in this speech today. Taming of the Shrew written approximately 400 years ago is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, sharing many characteristics as his other romantic comedies, such as ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Some characteristics include light-hearted and slapstick humour, disguises and deception and a happy ending in which most of the characters come out satisfied. 10 Things I Hate about You – written 400 years later, is a film directed by Gil Junger.
As far as the two major female characters of the play are concerned, Richard's attitude towards women becomes quite evident, and furthermore reflects his attitude towards life in a whole. It is prevalent in society that men demand to be acknowledged as superiors. In the play, Shakespeare conveys Richard’s view of the world as a man’s world whereby men are superior over women. “The king's name is a tower of strength. [Richard III, 5.
The Friar tries to dissuade Giovanni from commencing the relationship despite there being little effect from his words. Annabella is harshly reprimanded by the Friar, so much so that she sees sense to confess to her sins. Despite her confession however, she is still punished grotesquely towards the end of the play. Giovanni does not confess; instead he sees his actions as necessary to deal with the problem that he is the main cause of. The final line “Who could not say, ‘Tis pity she’s a whore?” can be seen as directed towards her and so she is blamed for everything that has occurred.