Euripides' portrays Medea as both a weak and strong woman, being able to stand up to some of the male characters and simultaneously succumb to their presence. Jason is illustrated by Euripides' as a stereotypical male in a patriarchal society, convinced that his choices are for the best while completely disregarding Medea's opinions on them. As a woman cast into the patriarchal society of Corinth, Medea is at first portrayed as powerless, a feeble person who was 'scorned and shamed' by her husband. In the opening sequence of the play, the Nurse's prologue characterizes Medea as heartbroken as well as 'raging, illogical and suicidal'. Euripides' use of extended descriptive sentences in the prologue allows him to portray two sides to Medea, a fragile woman and a strong-willed one.
Because of discrimination against women rights, and how society view women is nothing much than their sex slaves, Elizabeth suffered from great loss of family and love. From her experience of giving a birth to a dead baby to the point of becoming a sex worker, it perishes her hope of living in a comfortable and pleasing life. The absence of love for Elizabeth causes her to suffer from grief and catastrophe. Society against women rights prevents Elizabeth to speak up for her tragedy because she has no place and no one to blame to. Instead, she has to endure all the horrifying loss from both society and
This mental illness would be diagnosed based upon her hostility, her criticism, her self-important image and her lack of empathy towards Jane. In fact, Aunt Reed was a candidate for mental insanity just by being herself. Studies by the American Psychological Association show that internal mindsets of an individual, such as hereditary disposition, has an influence on the development of insanity. Aunt Reed was born into a high class family, and when her brother married ‘beneath himself’, it disabled her to love Jane. Even in today’s society, children are judged based on the amount of money and the social status of their parents.
Women have always been thought of as the less domineering sex. All through history females have fought the stereotypes of being simple housewives with no greater use then producing babies and maintaining a household. This repression, combined with the social systems of years past has lead woman to feel inferior and naturally acquire an internal dependency toward the males in their lives who are viewed as superior. Many notable characters in literature have carried out the role of this inferior spouse and are no doubt created from the hostility of oppression women have felt for hundreds of years. We see two of these characters in Delia from Zora Neale Hurston’s story “Sweat” and John’s wife in Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper”.
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” details the struggle that women continue to face through male dominance and domestic violence by way of psychological abuse. Her story is centered on the detail of a woman’s captivity by her husband in order to improve her mental well being. The woman’s thoughts, emotions and imagination all play a vital role in discovering what is causing her state of mental incompetence. Occurring in the late 1800’s, the women’s suffrage movement had not yet occurred. Women were still viewed as being inferior to men and did not have a voice to air their concerns or displeasure.
‘Of Mice and Men’ is a tragic novel set in 1930’s America during time of great Depression and poverty. It portrays the prejudice and clichéd views of a strained American society. Curly’s wife, a character who is detached from the rest of the world, a heart wrenching symbol of the American dream, trying and failing to break down the boundaries of society. This female represents women in the Depression, the lack of freedom and equality that they held, an equality that may still be held from many women to this day . Steinbeck is addressing the struggle for female existence during this period by leaving Curly's wife as the solitary female of the book, unneeded, and unwanted by the other characters.
The Women of Waknuk The Chrysalids by John Wyndham illustrates women differently towards their husbands, and their family members. Women in Waknuk are pressured to be perfect. Most likely women like Elias Strorm’s wife, who was a beautiful young lady. Elias Strorm’s strict ways turned his wife into a withered, grey woman, who was almost glad to die one year after David’s father was born. This explains that such a society stifles life.
How does Hill convey relationships in the novel King of the Castle? Hill is describing Kingshaw’s relationship with his mother as not a good one. We see this as Kingshaw is thinking back to his past experiences with his mother, “He wished she were dead instead of his father”. Here Hill is trying to portray that Kingshaw’s mother is an extremely unlikable person and a terrible parent. Here, Kingshaw’s mother is trying to treat both the boys with equal respect.“I shall not make a favourite of my own child”, which is conveyed to the reader constantly as throughout the novel as her respect for her own child declines as her feelings for Mr Hooper increases .
In Alldredge’s criticism of Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying one of the prominent things she discusses and give a valid, and strong point on is Addie Bundren’s favoritism to her illegitimate son Jewel and how it made Darl become bitter and eventually undoes him. When Alldredge states that Addie’s “relationships, or lack of them, with [her]… family is essential to any understanding of the inner conflicts in her children” (Alldredge) this is especially true with Darl. She hardly paid attention to her other children besides Jewel and it really struck home with Darl. Darl is so bitter by his mother and Jewel’s relationship that he keeps him from her death bed and his excuse is that “[He] wants [Jewel] to help [him] load” (Faulkner 7.6-10) knowing full well that his mother would want Jewel there more than anything. Does Darl care?
Married to John, and has 3 sons. Conflicts she encountered: * Elizabeth and John Proctor are in conflict with one another because John has had an affair with Abigail Williams, a young woman who used to work for them and whom Elizabeth fired due to her involvement with John. * Abigail hates Elizabeth for firing her and taking her away from close proximity to John, which causes her to be one of the wrongly accused people of witchcraft. How did she deal with the conflict? * Elizabeth dealt with her husband’s affair by coming to realize that she may have been partly at fault for her husband's unfaithfulness, because she was not always as warm and loving as she could have been.