The gender roles of which the characters portray are very apparent through their actions and dialogue. Blanche uses her sexuality and “upper class” status to empower those around her. However, Stanley uses his physical strength and “alpha male” persona to empower those that surround him such as his friends, wife, and sister-in-law. The development and strength of the female characters in A Streetcar Named Desire is depicted through their use of sexuality to overpower the opposite sex. The character of Blanche uses her sexuality to persuade others.
This theme is very true to Atwood’s feminist pursuit, which is seen in her other novels as well. This leads to the ultimate question, as Joyce Hart states, “Who was the Victorian woman? Was she the frail, lesser member of the two sexes? Or was she an equal in stamina and intelligence? Was she the epitome of virtue?
Once Elizabeth-Jane began to "blossom gaudily" the town started to notice and admire her (Hardy, 94). Using diction, the author shows his attitude of acceptance, in that women should become better and equal to men. Just as the author wants women to take on larger roles in society, Elizabeth-Jane wants to further herself and this is shown through selection of detail. "She wanted to wear them... but she had no bonnet... when she had a bonnet... she had no dress... It was now absolutely necessary to finish."
She probably creates a virtual image of a gorgeous lady who loves and adores fancy dresses. Aimee Bender is a daring woman. In her story, she portrays a woman who is naturally a risk taker and has no traits of fear. She exemplifies a woman who breaks the notion that woman are naturally shy and unable to express their heartfelt emotions. This is evident when she declares how she felt when the beanpole man nodded onto her on his way to exit.
In this conversation the poet uses colloquial language to bring the characters alive. For example ‘Lo, I have brought my gift’ where Maude Clare draws attention to herself. Rossetti shows Maude Clare’s personality through the use of imperative verbs, for example ‘Take my share of a fickle heart’ followed by ‘Take it or leave it as you will’. This shows that Maude Clare is strong and determined despite being rejected by Thomas. In Victorian society women were expected to be passive and honest, and competed for more wealthy and worthy men.
Masculinity as Female Strength in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze In Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze Eliza Haywood presents Fantomina as a powerful female character exemplifying masculine characteristics or virtues through her demonstration of cleverness, superior intellect, reasoning, and sexual dominance. Fantomina initially begins questioning the relationships between prostitutes and their male patrons in the sense that she wonders at the manner in which men approach prostitutes. She imagines that men can be more direct in their interactions with prostitutes and she devises a strategy that will lead her to a clear answer to her query. Fantomina embodies eighteenth century masculine intellect through her inquisitiveness as she identifies an apparent difference in male and female relationships existing in varying social classes, questions this discrepancy and then cleverly plans out a mode for unearthing the answers to her questions. She is aware of the danger in which she is placing herself and understands that the answers to her questions may come at a great cost if anyone were to detect her genuine identity.
Blanche is introduced to the audience instantly as a vulnerable creature. The stage directions in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' describe her as 'dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat.' On one hand, this portrays an image of elegance and glamour as she is well dressed, but on the other hand we can also depict from this a sense of fragility which is also reflected in her resemblance to a moth. The colour white has been used symbolically on Blanche to create an image of purity and innocence, something untainted that needs protection. The 'fluffy' texture of her bodice also enhances her sense of softness and her fine jewellery reflects an image of delicacy.
A time when the banner of patriarchy flew over the bonnets of subjugated females. A time when you could choose either to conform, or face social rejection. Some women preferred to rebel in their own graceful ways, but most exacerbated their oppression with frivolous attitudes and behaviors. Beginning with the witty opening phrase, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen, 3), the author perpetuates a note on the status of the one track mind held by the female gender of this time. As exemplified in Pride and Prejudice with characters like Mrs. Bennet and her child, Lydia, many ladies put money above love when it came to the subject of marriage.
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” has three major women characters: Guenevere, Arthur's wife and queen, who is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. But although she is beautiful and powerful, Guenevere is identified with sins and adultery. Bertilak’s wife, who is known as “The Lady” is in charge of
As the play progresses, lady Macbeth loses her evil facade and starts to show signs of strain. Her sudden change in character might seem to shock the audience as she changes from confident and in control, to insecure, desperate and uncontrollable... Shakespear is especially successful in creating Lady Macbeth’s character to appeal to the wide 17th century audience. her controlling, queen-like character at the beginning of the play could please the higher class people as they could relate to her status