She lies about her husband’s vulgar behaviour and justifies it through clichés. While Blanche lies primarily to others, Stella lies to herself. Both do so as they need to, to survive. At the beginning of the play-from the moment we meet Blanche, we see the idea of telling lies and keeping secrets appear. Blanche is driven by sexual desire but is condemned by it for being a whore.
This implies that Hero is only there for her physical appearance – a very demeaning portrayal of women, focusing as it does on their objectification. Much ado is very misogynistic as women like Hero are constantly being taken advantage of. Woman are seen as mere possessions and used whenever they are deemed fit. This reflects male dominance and patriarchy. Women are the weaker sex in this play: they are forced into giving into male power by doing what they are told; which is expected of them.
Hamlet also knew that he could not tell anyone that Claudius has murdered his father or that he had seen the ghost of his father because no one would believe him. Throughout the play Hamlet expresses his “madness” an example would be when he meets Ophelia in the court. In the beginning of their conversation he tells her that he once loved her but then is also confused saying that he didn’t love her at all. This is due to the fact that he sees woman as deceivers because of his mother’s relationship with his uncle. When Hamlet discovers that Polonius and the King are hiding nearby he explodes in a fit of rage, violently attacking her verbally and physically almost like a mad person would.
In what ways is unforgiven generically unconventional? Unforgiven is generically unconventional in that, what would be illegal practices in today’s society are portrayed as a norm – namely prostitution, physical punishment and premeditated homicide. This becomes apparent in the use of conversation following the opening scene, where punishment is planned for the cowboys. The prostitutes are treated as objects by the bar man, who insists that they are ‘damaged property’. He also points out that no one ‘is going to want to pay money for cut-up whore’ – as in, in his eyes, the woman is now incompetent for superficial reasons.
However, Shakespeare makes it clear that in fact others’ narrow-mindedness is key to Richard’s success. In addition, the women in King Richard III are able to see through Richard’s duplicity but have no influence with which to expose him. Shakespeare explores the inherent sexism of Yorkist society and how it leaves the women with no control. Richard’s eventual downfall comes as a result of insatiable greed and paranoia, and his fear of losing power clouds his sight, preventing him from comprehending those around him and ultimately leading to his death. However, even once Richard realises he can do nothing to prevent his defeat, he asserts that he would rather fulfil his hellish role with pride than retreat in cowardice.
Iago also did not get accepted to be the Lieutenant, and he thinks this is an unjust assault upon him, allowing him to ignore his conscience and become evil to others. This greed for power and respect is a natural feeling that can claim the most innocent of people. Iago for instance starts off trying to claim the place that he thinks he deserves, but this leads him to always want more. Iago only wanted to become the Lieutenant to the Moor, but once he succeeds in this he cannot control
Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge. In order to accomplish these goals he manipulates his subjects in deceiving ways by utilizing their weaknesses against them. This differs from the Duke in “My last Duchess” by Robert Browning as the duke does not manipulate people in any way. Both Iago and the duke are driven by extreme jealousy to the villainous actions that they take. All three villains may differ in many ways, yet it seems they share a common urge for power, control and a use of sadistic measures.
If the balance / of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another / of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would / conduct us to most preposterous conclusions…” (I.iii.339-348). Iago’s true motive for harassing Othello is his homosexual desire for him, a desire that he cannot control, so he makes due by destroying the person he loves. Shortly in the beginning of the play, Iago makes crude
Line 329. The interesting part about this line is that Iago sees his evil plan as a “monstrous birth to light” Act 1. Sc 3. Line 12. that he will bring forward and succeed with. He states that he should make Othello believe that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio to get into Cassio’s
While Iago manipulates Desdemona’s reputation to cause the downfall of almost every primary character in Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona still exhibits power that defies her role as a female in a patriarchal society. Her reputation is subject both to Iago’s shrewd attacks and to her society’s structure; which unknowingly puts the men at risk while they think they are securing their own safety by confining these women. Desdemona is treated as a product exchanged by men and is smothered by Othello in his efforts to protect other men and keep her sexuality contained. Iago objectifies Desdemona as he manipulates Othello’s perspective of her until Othello literally deconstructs his wife, despite her innocence. Though she seems the stereotypical female, Desdemona breaks free of gender constraints as she defies her father and exhibits complete control over Othello at the beginning of the play.