She deliberately follows through with her marriage to Edgar Linton, despite her open proclamations of love for Heathcliff, with whom she grows up and loves irrevocably, only to unceremoniously abandon because of his insufficient societal rank. She knows that Heathcliff feels devastated, yet does not believe that she has been disloyal to him. She is too blind to see past her own momentary desires. As a result of her betrayal, Edgar and Heathcliff are tossed into a downward spiral of competition, jealousy, and heartbreak. Edgar loves Catherine unconditionally, but knows he has been rendered second-best to a man for whom she holds deeper affections.
This statement demonstrates her burning desire to become the Scotland queen and the determination to accomplish it with any cost. Also, she shows her ambitious behaviour by manipulating her husband into processing the deed, when Macbeth feels concerned and rather afraid about the negatively potential consequences of the murder. She questions his manhood and also threatens him with a shocking image: “dash’d the brains [of my baby] out, had I so sworn” (1.7, 58). Another example presenting her firmness in pursuing her ambition is her decision to not directly get involved in processing the murder. After all, she is a woman and a mother who is used to taking care people rather than taking people’s lives as she states: “Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done’t” (2.2, 12-13).
Their need for comfort from the people they love and care for the most leads them to do whatever it takes, so they might be accepted. Along with being mentally isolated from the other characters in the play these women are also physically isolated and intellectually isolated from everyone. Part of the reason these women were so severely isolated from other characters is because they lived in the Elizabethan period. During the Elizabethan era women were raised to believe that they were second- rate citizens. To ensure that people continued to believe this concept the church used this verse from the bible as proof “woman in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man.” This belief put women in a state of being mentally isolated from men.
Hestor wants her child to be raised like the other Puritan children, but this can not happen since Hestor passes her feelings of Pearl as an object of her sin on to Pearl. Hestor’s guilt about how Pearl is conceived consumes her. Hestor forces her conflicts onto Pearl. Hestor feels that what she is doing is a sin, but she can not stop herself from her passions. Pearl, thus becomes a combination of wild rebelliousness mixed with some sadness and depression.
Hedda Tesman in “Hedda Gabler” By Henrik Ibsen Hedda Tesman in “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Iben is a central figure as well as a dynamic character, which means she changes throughout the play. She behaves atrociously to everyone with whom she comes in contact, and her moral sense is defective. After all, the play is a tragedy since Hedda turned out to be all pity and petty. Hedda is not simply evil and preserve. She born as General Gabler’s daughter so she feels for a better destiny and imbues with romantic vision of making one’s own life a work of art.
Euripides' Medea can be seen as the ultimate combination of heroine, villain and victim, all displayed in one play. Throughout the entire story, you are torn with emotions between who should take the fall and who deserves to end with happiness. The alienation, distrust and the lack of power shape Medea’s reason and morals. Values are one's judgment of what is important in life and society. Ancient Greece views their values as a culture, based on life, religion and the quest for joy.
In Romeo and Juliet, an excess of passion is frowned upon. Romeo had obsessed over other women before, including Rosaline, however for Juliet this was her first love. However, she did not hold back whatsoever, rather she broke the conventions of courtly love, as the women were supposed to play hard to get. A quotation which exemplifies their
Hale - Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.”** Clearly, we see in the play, how men treat the women. As if whatever women did were unimportant little things like trifles. I believe the men were so narrow minded that they thought they were better. However, the women demonstrate the entire contrary. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, the main characters in this story, were the ones to first find the evidence.
Using a female character makes it more powerful to challenge the authorities and the norms. The wife likens to the priests who use the literature badly and wrongly to vindicate their acts. The wife’s misusing of literature shows that she is unschooled. The wife shows us herself to be in opposition with the patriarchal society she lives in. When she talks against society’s norms, she talks in a dialogical
Though she seems the stereotypical female, Desdemona breaks free of gender constraints as she defies her father and exhibits complete control over Othello at the beginning of the play. It is only through Iago’s influence over Othello that Desdemona succumbs to the patriarchal structure of her society, leading not only to her downfall but most other main characters downfall as well. Desdemona helps reveal the women’s potential as a whole in the beginning of the play by defying the dominating male force within her society and proves to be a powerful female force. She has a surprising amount of influence over the characters, especially Othello. It is only after Iago poisons Othello’s mind that Desdemona loses power over her husband.