The roles of women in Much Ado About Nothing and the Odyssey are quite similar in many regards. The gender theme in Much Ado About Nothing like many of the works of that can be seen as a loaded concept. The female characters portrayed by Shakespeare in the majority of his work are often seen as submissive and easy to control. The daughters and nieces submit to the patriarchal society and repression of the time with no obvious complaint. Characters are subject to limitations and expectations because of their gender.
Gender is put into “masculine” and “feminine” categories while sex is put into “male” and “female”categories. How do gender and sex contribute to the concepts and constructions of masculinity and femininity? Gender and sex have so much to do with masculinity and femininity. Like I said above [Gender is put into “masculine” and “feminine” categories while sex is put into “male” and “female”categories.] Males are considered masculine because they are “rough and tough” and females are considered feminine because of history and women having to act like a “proper lady”.
Parsons said that these roles made things ‘nice and functional’. He also said that men and women were biologically suited to these roles so it was only natural for men to be the breadwinners and women are the stay at home wives. This is a very traditional view. There are many factors affecting power relationships and the division of labour between couples. Firstly, whether a family live in a symmetrical family or not will have an effect on the divisions of labour.
My research will try to explain and discuss the differences in spiritual as well as cultural situations between men and women gender roles. Hopefully I will give the understanding of why woman have to obey the man in spite of the spiritual hierarchy and why woman continue to play the subservient role there. Gender roles differ in all parts of the world. These pivotal elements of obedience derived from a patriarchal society that expects women to play the subservient position. Is it fair for women to have the same rights as men?
Duty of self is more important than duty to others People who lives in different times have different values. However, the 19th century’s playwright Ibsen, the writer of “A Doll’s House”, had a modern thought. In that play, Ibsen looks critically at 19th century beliefs, and in particular, the ways that society limits an individuals personal growth and freedom. Also, all the laws are in favour to men, it gives more obligation and rights than women. During that time, the expected role of men and women are different, men were expected to be a bread winner and women just expected to be a house wife.
Gender Roles World Literature I: From Ancient World to the Middle Ages ENG2002 UA Gender Roles When looking at Greek behavior in the time this is written it is evident that women were not considered equal to men, and the rules regarding women along with their station in life becomes clear. Greek women were limited in their freedom; often the rules and restrictions were placed on them were strict even by contemporary standards. In the story of Antigone by Sophocles the gender role plays an integral part to the story. Antigone defies gender by defying the king and as a result allows for a conversation on attitudes concerning sex. King Creon’s attitude on gender ultimately leads to his downfall and his ruin.
Modernization throughout the time period is a factor of the advancement of civil rights for women since separate spheres, which was an ideology where men belonged in the public sphere that refers to the world of politics, economy and law. Where as women belonged in the private sphere where it included domestic work, child caring, housekeeping and religious education. Some Women did go against the ideology by working in a men dominated environment e.g. Politics. Activism by women was not the most important factor in advancing civil rights in certain issues and it would disagree with the judgment.
In society there are always stereotypes and unwritten rules that are followed. During the era of Norman England, gender roles were a prominent facet of life; men and women adhered to strict codes of conduct. Men are idealized as strong, dominant, and respectful, whereas women are elegant and courtly. If an individual does not meet the standards of society, they are shunned. However, not everyone agrees with the heavy stereotypes laid down by the social order such as male dominance and proper courting.
Alexander The Great, fought in wars for his power rights and his empire, Macedonia. He fought for many ages showing how powerful and brave he was when he never gave up and fought on the wars that he did. Arrian, another historian who also knew Alexander says, “Whilst In war with Alexander, I saw how he made endless pushes to the enemy to win and to not give up. When he later died, I then took place of being captain from the great Alexander.” This is showing Arrians view on the wars that he and alexander The Great fought in. Alexander was very determined and brave enough to fight in those wars that he had won as
Spartan culture promotes a “fight to the death” mentality that is seen in many of the most dangerous militaries throughout history, from the Norse Vikings to the Japanese kamikaze, the Spartans were among the first to truly find glory in battle. Sparta took this devotion to glory in battle and institutionalized it through education. All Spartan boys able to become citizens went through a rigorous training that involved training for no profession other than military service. This was expected of all boys in Sparta, however the right to be trained in this fashion was left to be determined by the state for each boy. If the state found someone incapable of military duty for some reason, or they did not take well to the military lifestyle then they would be stripped of citizenship and labeled a “trembler” for their fear of battle.