But I will wed thee in another key, With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling. (Act I, scene i, lines 16-19) With Theseus's impatient for his wedding, he demonstrates how a wife must listen to her husband and how she is his right. Theseus may win over a fight with Hippolyta, but for her love, he will do the same thing to gain that love of her. As the law in late 16th century, everything belongs to a wife, also belongs to the husband, however, they not yet marriage, but Theseus shows a strong male domination over Hippolyta. Patriarchy not only shows in commitment relationship like marriage, but also takes place in family relationship like father and daughter.
Ophelia exists at his beck and call, even ending her relationship with hamlet at his whim. Such was the lot for women in renaissance England. Heather brown touches on this in her work Gender and Identity in Hamlet: A Modern Interpretation of Ophelia; “the woman's position in history-- seen only in relation to men--is problematic because of the hierarchy implicit in the relationship.” (Brown, paragraph 3) In a like manner, the King who, like Polonius, holds influence over Ophelia (being her king) uses her to surmise the intentions of Hamlet, and gauge his mental state. In league with Polonius, he set up Ophelia to meet with young Hamlet. In this situation, Ophelia is verbally abused by Hamlet, much to the indifference of the king and her father.
They decided to get married after their “love fest” in the garden, and this is where their adventure began. The first archetype I have chosen for Romeo was a rebel. Romeo fits this archetype because he is inclined to resist authority and the authority that he is going against is his families’ laws. Romeo is courting Juliet discreetly behind their families back. Romeo is not supposed to have any dealings with her, yet he still fights for love.
Mariah Polen Cooper—379 ENG 111-41F—JE #1 5 September 2012 Themes and Symbols In Kate Chopin’s story, “The Storm,” sex plays a crucial part. Well, to be more specific, adultery. She uses this story as a platform to further her opinion on sexuality and marriage. Chopin believes that marriage is constricting to both people and that there is nothing wrong or untraditional with having verboten sexual encounters. Women in the 1800’s were dominated by their husbands and expected to be submissive in every way.
A Feminist Critique of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” (June 2009) “Even if they disagree about other issues, all feminists believe patriarchal ideology works to keep men and women confined to traditional gender roles so male dominance may be maintained. Utilizing the precepts of Feminist criticism, it could be argued “The Great Gatsby” promotes a thinly veiled patriarchal agenda. Through Fitzgerald’s treatment of the three women in “Gatsby”, as well as masking the
Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay 2 In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston presents an example of true love despite the fact that Janie ends up marrying three men in her lifetime. This true love is exemplified by her final marriage to Tea Cake. Hurston uses the other marriages as life lessons for Janie. Logan taught Janie how true love is actually developed, Jody taught her how to liberate herself and Tea Cake taught Janie how to be secure in her independence. After reading the novel it can be said that true love is real and Hurston definitely presented the idea that true love is difficult to attain.
She makes us question our religion, our education, our agriculture, and our principles. She brings forth the problems we often hide and ignore. Throughout the novel the men keep their society’s downfalls secret from the women much like we try to do ourselves. This quote reveals one of our society’s issues by focusing on our beliefs on marriage. Gilman provides the point of views of these women who know nothing of marriage to allow us to see our own society’s faults in the way we think things should be.
Euripides has been accused of being a misogynist as well as the world's first feminist. In your view, do the portrayals of Medea and Jason allow such contradictory interpretations? Euripides' Greek tragic play, 'Medea', depicts a wife's desire to right the wrongs done to her by her husband and in the pursuit of satisfaction, she commits the heinous of crimes, infanticide. The play is set in a patriarchal society, where women are treated as mere tools to satisfy their male partners. Euripides' portrays Medea as both a weak and strong woman, being able to stand up to some of the male characters and simultaneously succumb to their presence.
In New England during the 19th century, gender roles were clearly defined and marriage simply meant the shifting of power from one male figure to another. In this era, women were expected to be willingly subordinate and subject; firstly to their father, and then to their husband. This was the period that served as a backdrop for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s allegorical short story, “The Birthmark.’ In his story, Hawthorne draws attention to the gender issues of his time and the dangers of perpetuating men’s superiority over women, and women’s subordination to men. Alymer, the protagonist in the story, became fixated with a woman named Georgiana. To Alymer, Georgiana was beautiful.
Women are under a constant pressure to adhere to roles that are specific to their gender and so are men. The woman by norm is relegated to the private domain and is allocated the affective role, while the man has full access to the public domain for he plays the role of the bread-winner. Devdutt Pattanaik, in his book, ‘The Pregnant King’, strives to show how gender plays an important part in defining roles and relationships, while at the same time also accounting for the interesting change in gender roles of men and women, which appears extremely contemporary and unthinkable at the time and context in which the story is set. Based at the time of the Mahabharata, Pattanaik’s ‘The Pregnant King’ brings forth a wide new range of ideas that are exceedingly modern in nature. These ideas question the societal norms that privilege the men and not the women, the norms that prevent both men and women from adopting occupations and indulging in activities that majorly interests them.