He uses his power over his wife Stella Kowalski and his sister in law Blanche DuBois to selfishly gain attention from friends and to regain his dominance in his home. He also is a very sexist character and shows little respect for the women in the play. Finally Stanley’s love of sex and his physical strength ends up in him raping Blanche. A character like Stanley who abuses his power of being the man of the house should not be cheered for when reading the play and should be considered the villain. Firstly the beginning of the play shows Stanley abusing his leadership in the household to get what he wants.
This seems that it is the gender that affects the conflict and as traditions followed then, it was the men that ran society and made the decisions for women. Romeo and Juliet also takes place in a masculine world in which notions of honour, pride and status are all major to everyone and these factors can escalate to violence. The violence in the play’s social environment is a dramatic tool that Shakespeare creates to make the lover’s romance seem even more precious, valuable and fragile: their relationship is scene by society as an insignificant feeling of love in a significant world of hate. The fights between Mecutio and Tybalt and then Romeo and Tybalt are surreal. Passion outweighs reason at every point and Shakespeare wants to highlight the young love in this masculine society as well as show it is the men that cause conflict and a world of hate.
King Lear is the title character of the play, so it is obvious he is pretty important. And in the play, he definitely knows it. This is evidenced by his inflated sense of self; he has such an ego that he wants to hear his daughters profess their love for him, saying “Which of you shall we say doth love us most,” (Act I Scene I Line 51) and when one refuses, disowns her, as well as banishing his best friend for disagreeing with him. However, these rash actions suggest something more to me. I think that inside, Lear is insecure.
Loneliness puts The Monster in a mentally unstable position. He believes that he is a monster for the reason being he was created by one. In comparison, Othello’s betrayal is demonstrated throughout the play, but especially through Iago when he confesses to the audience his plan to manipulate and destroy Othello’s love life with Desdemona. Although Othello trusts Iago with anything, Iago hates the “Moor” and is willing to do anything to destroy him. Iago feels that the best way to do so is by manipulating Othello telling him that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio, who Iago coincidently hates as well.
Shakespeare presents the concept that deceptive decisions lead to tragic events. Romeo’s rapidly changing character makes irrational and unwise decisions which link up to a strong and prominent theme in the play; deception. Through Romeo’s character Shakespeare juxtaposes true love against infatuation, he does this by showing his melancholy state over his loss of his infatuation Rosaline, then shows how he has found “true love” with his “bright angel” Juliet through his poetic dialogue, although they are from feuding family’s they decide “what’s in a name”, and she implores him to “doth thy name” and “swear by the god of [her] idolatry”. Shakespeare shows the changing of Romeo’s moral compass throughout the play, he goes from an elated state of mind as life was perfect with “thee”, and then, as the “plague on both (their) houses” is begun by the death of Mercutio, Romeo’s unchecked emotions cause him to commit the disloyal act of murdering his wife’s cousin, Tybalt. Despite of his blundering, Juliet see’s this only as dreadful because of his “banished”.
Is he the highly romantic soul we meet in Act 1? Or perhaps his darker side that he is forced to show later on has always been a part of him. I will be considering these possibilities as I explore Shakespeare’s presentation of Romeo. The opening scene of the play begins with a somewhat perverse conversation between two servants of the Capulet household. The two speak in this vulgar way of the Montagues and how they shall “thrust his maids to the wall.” This look into the boy’s conversation shows the large scale of hatred between the two families, leading up to the fight that erupts from simple teasing between the serving men.
Iago’s mendaciousness scorched Othello’s sanity beyond repair. Iago’s villainous behavior and Othello’s radical demeanor both stand for part of every man in contrasting ways. Each if those qualities is regrettably embedded within each of us. The qualities he thrives on throughout Othello, by William Shakespeare, are the ones we’re most ashamed of. In his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2 Line 380 he’s especially brutal towards Desdemona in his plans showing no shame what so ever.
The play is set in a violent, male dominated era where men were expected to be strong, brave and able to take control while women were kind, nurturing and feminine. However these roles are subverted in particular to Lady Macbeth, as she is manipulative, strong and persuasive while Macbeth is portrayed as weak and easily manipulated by his wife. Porphyria’s Lover and Laboratory are both poems, which deal with the crimes of passion. One of Browning’s earliest dramatic monologues in Porphyria’s Lover centers on the delusions of an obsessive and emotionally
Petruchio forces Katherina (Kate) to change from an abrasive, bad tempered, ill mouthed shrew into a perfect, docile, honey-tongued wife. Written between 1590 and 1594, it has claimed the title of one of Shakespeare's earliest Comedies and also one of his most controversial works. Particularly for modern audiences, Petruchio and his methods are what have earned this play its name as a highly misogynistic text. Via abuse, public humiliation and starvation he finally attains his goal of taming Katherina. Petruchio, a wealthy and unmarried gentlemen from Verona, wishes a wife.
From the very beginning of the play, Benedick and Beatrice’s attitude toward each other is a superb representation of this theme of deceit. The two menacingly fight with each other; both determined to better the other. In this “merry war” of witty insults, they are both deceiving themselves into believing they feel nothing for one another. This self-deception becomes even more obvious in masked ball scene, Act 2, Scene 1, in which Shakespeare uses physical deception by having Benedick disguise himself at the party. Benedick’s desire to know what Beatrice truly thinks of him is a sign of the love he feels for her, yet has chosen to not yet acknowledge it, even to himself.