In the sixteenth century, procreation was seen as the main importance and product of marriage. Bertrande soon found that her new husband, Martin, was impotent. “It was humiliating, and the village surely let them know about it. A married couple who had not had a pregnancy after a certain period of time was a perfect target for a charivari (20).“ Not only did the wife of Martin feel shameful, but Bertande’s parents were pressing their daughter to separate from Martin as soon as possible. The unconsummated marriage was among the first ways in which Martin is portrayed as an unsuitable husband by sixteenth
Logos: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government” This particular appeal effectively allures to the logical thinking of the reader. It tells the reader that people only disagree and rebel against the government when it is about something that is very important. It also shows that because of the government being destructive it effects the safety and happiness of the women. Pathos: “In the convenant of marriage, she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becoming to all intents and purposes, her master…” This appeal feeds into the emotions of the reader. Showing how women are nothing but servants to their master.
Near the start of the novel Henry ignores Rinaldis claim on Catherine and starts to see her. While rather annoyed at this, Rinaldi sees that Catherine prefers Henry over him and accepts their relationship “insert quote”. This light hearted way of letting go is only possible as both men at this point of time were typical male chauvinist’s From early on we learn Catherine knows about the war and has experienced tragedy in it. Catherine, who once thought of war as a romantic idea, is suddenly hit by the reality of what war does to people when she loses her fiancée to an explosion. “I thought saber cut… blew him to bits instead” Henry begins his relationship with Catherine and sees it as a game”I did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her.
Mr. Collins is the first to ask for Elizabeth’s hand, and while he believes himself to be very intelligent and desirable, he is in fact an odious ne’er-do-ell. Mr. Collins’ approach resembles a business proposal. He lists off the reasons that Elizabeth should marry him, such as their marriage will heighten her social status, and that he is in want of a wife (as a clergyman it is his responsibility to provide an example of holy matrimony). Only considering his own happiness, he rudely assumes that Elizabeth will of course be “overjoyed” at his “generous” offer; his arrogant style insults her and she promptly turns him down. Mr. Darcy on the other hand, is deeply in love with Elizabeth and eloquently proposes by romantically pouring out his heart to her.
Class: Shakespeare Authority in Marriage in the play the taming of the shrew and the wife of Bath First. Introduction Marriage is an important element in the play “The Taming of the Shrew” which indicates that woman should obey her husband, her lord, in order to lead a successful marital relationship. In other words, woman is simply a commodity belongs to her husband with no autonomy while man controls everything from economy to freedom of thinking and speaking. However, one of the best-known tales of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales “The Wife of Bath” also plays with the same marriage theme and discusses about the authority in marriage but provides a contrast opinion. The wife of Bath indicates that woman should hold back sex in order to gain authority in marriage.
Whereas, the couples must love each other unconditionally and decide on choosing each other without the input of anyone else but themselves, it is assumed that “married couples should be best friends, sharing their most intimate feelings and secrets. They should express affection openly but also talk candidly about problems. And of course they should be sexually faithful to each other.” (Coontz 381) In my opinion, I do not agree with Stephanie Coontz saying George Shaw theory of marriage has unrealistic expectations even though each culture has their own interpretation of marriage. No matter what each culture is different, if they believe that having more than one wife or having cospouses it is their choice and some will stay true to the values they were raised on. Finally, Coontz brought forth if someone is not marrying for love but just for the status then what is the point of getting married.
Mordecai Marcus suggest “Elisa’s masculine dress; the strength of her hands; her exertions to plan, protect, and nurture her gigantic Chrysanthemums” makes Elisa struggle between both a feminine and masculine role (55). It is evident that Elisa’s femininity and beauty lies within her Chrysanthemums, but her strong protectiveness gives her a masculine role. Even when Elisa sees her husband before their evening out she “stiffened and her face grew tight” (790). Marcus believes this action “suggests feelings of superiority over her husband, a sudden distaste for someone to whom she must play the woman” (57). It is difficult for Elisa to break through her masculinity and clearly just play the woman role.
This might be because Ibsen’s plays could be a page out of real life at the time he wrote them. They both satirize gender roles and the consequences of “breaking the rules” of these roles. The role of women during this time was almost strictly to be a wife and a mother. She was to be dependent on her husband and she should be happy to be reliant on his superior capabilities as a man. Men had the role of the provider, the head of the house, they were supposed to be independent and were thought of as superior to women both physically and mentally.
105-106)”…any man is so very a fool to be married to hell.”(I.I. 121) The men of Pauda believed that the shrew they saw was the person Katherina wanted to be. As the story goes on it becomes evident that her shrewish behavior is a mask to cover her feelings that she does want to be married. Katherina wanted to be married for love, not for dowery. Proof of her desire to be married can be assumed in her silence when Petruchio’s talk to her father, Baptista, about taking Katherina’s hand in marriage.
When looking at the character Najwa, it is more likely she is Pitted rather comdemed. Najwa’s place in society, a woman with little to no power, can only do so much in this male dominated country. “In this world full of men and the greed of men” someone like Najwa is no more than a man’s property. When Najwa was forced into marriage, she was forced into an agreement that she now has to fore full. Najwa had said in a sarcastic tone “I must be a good wife, Loyal and unquestioning, support my man regardless” showing she knew that she had to be the wife that is expected of her without questioning it even though she mightn’t agree with it.