By objectifying Tess, Hardy is able to express his opinions about the treatment of women in Victorian society. Hardy loads the dice against the protagonist, and by making redemption or sustained happiness both unavailable and impossible, Tess as a character becomes less and less important and it is the circumstances she faces and the reaction of those around that come under question. Hardy marginalises Tess’s
Gwendolen wants to marry a man called Ernest, not caring whether he possesses the qualities that comprise earnestness. This is evident as Gwendolen quickly forgives Jack’s deception and Lady Bracknell quickly forgets her earlier disapproval of Jack’s suitability for Gwendolen. Jack, the central character, is initially neither ‘Ernest’ nor ‘earnest’. Through forces at times beyond his control, he becomes both: a symbol of Victorian hypocrisy. Both Jack and Algernon lead a double life, known as ‘Bunburying’, the practice of creating an elaborate deception so as to misbehave whilst maintaining expected social standards of duty and responsibility, essentially, pretending to be earnest.
The duchess is objectified in the poem. Instead of seeing her innate virtuous and pious characteristics, the duke observes only the aesthetical beauty of his wife in a painting after her death. This notion is reinforced by enjambment in the quote: ‘I call/ That piece a wonder, now…’ The words ‘that piece’ are a pun which is used to describe the painting as well as the duchess herself. The underlying concept here is that in Victorian society women were regarded as trophy possessions and your wife had to be presentable as she reflected your reputation. The duke despises his wife’s great kindness and humility towards other people and is enraged that she did not show the same sort of devotion towards him.
Ibsen’s eye for resemblance and use of symbolism highlights issues that he wanted to convey about the social environment at the time, including the harsh patriarchal society, seen mostly in Torvald in the play and the role of women, represented mostly in Nora. These symbols act as foreshadowing before the tragic events at the end of the play, as they show the problems which lead to the demise of the Helmer’s ‘perfect’ family life. The name of the play itself ‘A Doll’s House’ is symbolic of the domestic dynamic in the Helmer’s household, as it reflects Nora’s position as the ‘doll’ in Torvald’s doll house. It is clear from this that Nora is seen by Torvald as an accessory or pet, who is simply for aesthetic purposes—"The squanderbird’s a pretty little creature but she geets through an awful lot of money. It’s incredible what an expensive pet she is for a man to keep".
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.
Wilde uses his wit in order to expose the hypocrisy and artificial nature of his social environment. This is conveyed through Jack and Algernon’s “bunburying”, which has negative consequences due to the encounter between them and their female counterparts. Literary devices such as tone, inversion, and parallelism are used to communicate the theme of the passage. The tone of the passage expresses Wilde’s attitude toward what he is depicting. For example, social interaction in Victorian England was very formal and serious.
"What is Mr. Darcy to me, pray, that I should be afraid of him?" which causes Elizabeth great embarrassment in front of Mr Darcy and others shown by her response "blush and blush again with shame and vexation" demonstrating not only the embarrassment annoyance she feels towards Mrs Bennet also encourages Kitty and Lydia's bad behaviour and her attempts to push Elizabeth into an unwanted marriage with Mr. Collins which in consequence fails to cause a good result for herself or her daughters.
Browning contrasts the Duke’s representation of the duchess with the factual representation emphasising the Duke’s manic state and causing the audience to strongly oppose the duke as a person. Men feel the need to retain their pride in relationships which reflects the social attitudes and patriarchal values of the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era was a time of a changing social attitudes and people felt insecure and questioned their dominance with an increased male ego. This is evident in Browning’s portrayal of the Duke in “My Last Duchess”. Browning contrasts the happiness of the duchess with by providing imagery of nature, “Bough of cherries” and “orchard” with the dark, manic mind of the duke.
The dynamic verb of “watch” shows to the reader that Manon feels a little bit of pain towards the slaves and that she feels that they are only being used for torture. This tells us that Manon hates the sight of violence and torture, making us believe that she is a woman of peace. However, because of her restricted viewpoint this may make us to believe that she is exaggerating at bit because it is only from her point of view but also because she will want to make her husband look and sound bad, possibly because
The readers decide whether Lady Macbeth is a supportive or a contrary wife, as Shakespeare exhibits her as an evil character as she continuously uses negative language throughout the play giving her an overpowering presence on stage. Lady Macbeth’s character contradicts with the roles of women in the Elizabethan Era as they were regarded as their husband’s possessions and weren’t entitled to an opinion. A stereotypical Elizabethan woman was expected to be innocent, gentle and dutiful as they were inferior to men. In the same way the lady from the lab presents her desires through a dramatic monologue that runs throughout Robert Browning’s poem. The use of this allows the reader to be involved in the description of the situation that the lady is currently undergoing, and this is simply her cheating ‘Lover’.