They are expected to be obedient and followers of men in their families. For example, Lady Capulet and Lady Montague can do nothing to stop their husbands' anger towards their villains. Lady Montague doesn't care much about the feud between two families as she doesn't want Romeo involved in the fighting. Juliet's character is a clear example of women's role. She has little guidance and help from her family.
These women were given no respect whatsoever and were constantly raped due to that. Women were seen as the most profitable because the men could use them for pleasure and the women reproduce, providing more slaves to the owner to use without having to pay for the children. During the 1920s, women were provided with more rights. They could find their own job or own a business to provide them with a living. Celie created her own business making pants after she was free from her husband and left with Shug, her very close friend that she loved, and Shug would go everywhere and sing for people in bars and clubs to provide for herself.
Women in the Victorian era were dependent on their husbands financially and one third of all women in england still led a domestic housewife role (“Victoria’s Past”). Considering the fact that Lucretia did not hold a job shows that they did not hold a lower class social status. By leaving her husband Lucretia detaches any power and control that he had on her and liberates herself of the common role of
The social context of the play sets a platform for Top Girls to be presented as a feminist play. However through Caryl Churchill’s use of the comic genre critiques Thatcher’s ideology’s through the character of Marlene and her individualistic persona which is depicted through Thatcher’s famous quote “there is no such thing as society”. So Churchill is merely ‘holding up a mirror to life’, allowing the audience to question gender roles in society especially with the play being introduced to a 1982 audience. Churchill took advantage of these social and political changes in law and attitudes. The ongoing battle for equality among gender still exists today and therefore making it possible for a modern audience to connect/understand the characters of Top Girls.
"By day and by night his tyranny grows harsher... lets no daughter go free to her mother... lets no girl go free to her bridegroom." (George, I, 3-4). Women, on the other hand, play many more roles than men in this classic and make subtle, but key decisions to greatly change the course of the story. Take Ninsun, the mother of Gilgamesh, for example. She plays the role of the loving, caring mother and also that of the wise counselor that provides guidance.
During that time it was expected of wives to care for all the home matters including taking care of the children. Minnie’s number one priority though, was to her husband. Anything he needed she was to do and many men expected their wives to be happy they had the privilege. Most of the time the wives had no say as to their lives or their family’s life, whatever the husband said, it was not to be questioned. Mrs. Hale tells the reader about Minnie’s life as a young woman who was attractive, colorful and creative.
Medea and Creon 1. The evidence that Medea’s behaviour with Creon offers of her cleverness is that she is versatile; she tries many different ways of persuading him to let her stay. She implies that she is not a threat “I’m in no position-A woman- to wrong a King.” “I bear no grudge on your happiness:” and “I will bear my wrongs in silence.” She gets nowhere with this approach so she turns to pleading with Creon. “I kneel to you, I beseech you” and “I beg you! Will you cast off pity,” again she gets nowhere and in a last plea before he get his men, she appeals to kindness and like of children.
Domination of any kind was a barrio that she had broken down and that was not a struggle anymore. Reading “The Strength of MY Rebellion” has left behind an image of self-determination and braking free to become who you want instead of a standard set by cultural, society and even yourself. Many women and men are dominated by tradition; they have no voices no individual existence, breaking free is not an option since they don’t even understand how to be independent or what it feels like to be free. I remember, my mom telling me stories about my own culture, and how the man of the house was in total control of everyone in his quarters. Daily, men were sent to the farm and the
As it is, Mrs Reed provided Jane with a very tiresome and unmindful childhood, continuously reminding her of the fact that she is a ‘dependant’, either through herself by stating that ‘she must exclude (Jane) from privileges intended only for contented, happy little children’, or through her Roman-emperor-like son, John Reed. In fact, book that Jane would read for interest and stimulation, John Reed uses it as a weapon against her, never really intending to read it himself. The Reeds never seemed to think of Jane as family. The famous saying: ‘Blood is thicker than water’ does not seem to apply to them at all. More than not Mrs Reed proved to abuse Jane physically and mentally.