Shakespeare’s portrayal of Desdemona reflects and challenges the role of women in the renaissance period by including the ideas of independence, sex and infidelity. These controversial elements in Shakespeare’s character became opportunities for future composers, such as Orson Wells and Oliver Parker, to portray Desdemona as being reflective of both Shakespeare’s context and their own. Some of the character decisions in Orson Wells’ and Oliver Parker’s ‘Othello’ reflect Shakespeare’s context, and other decisions reflect their own context while opposing Shakespeare’s. Shakespeare has portrayed a typically obedient Elizabethan woman through Desdemona’s actions and her statement “I am obedient”. However, Desdemona is also depicted as aggressive and opposing to Shakespeare’s context through Othello’s story.
Lillian Eileen Doherty is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Maryland, College Park. Praise / Awards "Applying an elegant blend of narratological and audience-oriented analytic strategies, Doherty argues that, for the late twentieth-century woman reader (as well as the male reader of lower-class status), the Odyssey must be considered a problematic text. In contrast to the bulk of Greco-Roman literature, it assumes the presence of females in its implied audience and offers them positive subject positions with which to identify--those of privileged, intelligent women like Penelope and Arete. Yet, by restricting the narratological operations of such 'good' women to the secondary function of
By utilizing the Handmaids as a representation of the females in the Gileadean society, the author exposes the flaws of an anti-feminist society through objectification and the absence of agency. The Handmaid’s Tale illustrates women who are strongly objectified by men. An example of how Handmaids are objectified is through their names. The women are named after their assigned Commander; their name which consists of two parts is constructed with the prefix, ‘Of’, followed by the suffix of their Commander’s name. The main character’s Handmaid name is Offred, meaning that she is property of Fred.
What is feminism? Feminism is, simply put, the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. When one applies a feminist view to popular culture or literature, one is questioning and interpreting thoughts in society or in the text. Feminism can challenge oneself to live differently by questioning and confronting gender roles and stereotypes. Through Frankenstein, Mary Shelley proved that she asked these preceding questions of herself.
The Company transformed from a commercial trading venture to one that virtually ruled India as it acquired auxiliary governmental and military functions, until its dissolution in 1858. British East India Company statistics: Founded: on the last day of 1600 through a royal charter signed by Queen Elizabeth I. In many ways it failed to achieve its initial aim of trade in spices and other items favoured by the English people. British subsequent dominance over the Indian subcontinent came only following the Dutch withdrawal for the more lucrative isles of modern Indonesia. Introduction: Initial contacts with the British |The Portuguese were actually the first European power to come into contact with India when Vasco de Gama sailed into Calico in 1498.
However, women did not gain the vote until in the twentieth century; when John Stuart Mill championed female suffarage in 1869 he did not hestitate to like situation of women to taht of slaves. The suffragist movements of the nineteenth and early twetieth centuries constituted the firs way of feminismMoreover, The Feminist Theory is the extension of feminism into theorietical or philosophical ground. It aims to understand the nature of inequality and focuses on gender politics, power relations and sexuality. Three Feminist Traditions: Three intellectual traditions have nourished feminism, each imparting its own particular character and learnings. These three traditions-moral
This chain of revolutions gave impetus to the development of feminist ideas and movements. Though there might have been mild informal female insurrections here and there prior to this period, feminism as a formal movement began in the 18th century. The basic problem we would like to treat in this study is to find out, taking due cognizance of gender sensitivity in the Igbo culture and the special role of women therein, whether there could be a place or need for feminism in the Igbo cultural context. Are women actually relegated or downgraded in the Igbo culture and thereby needing feminist movements for due emancipation, or do they occupy respectable positions? For a logical procession we shall, first of all, explain as clearly as possible, the Igbo gender sensitivity and particularly, the role of women in the Igbo culture: after which we shall try to make an accurate explication of feminism and finally, attempt a synthesis of the former and later to see if compatible.
This paper is an attempt to both compare and contrast the elements of similarity and difference in the representation of Cleopatra in Roman Classic literature and her relatively modern characterization by William Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra. The play was written in 1603, and was not published before 1623 in the collection of the First Folio. Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan age, the high time of the Renaissance period. It is a crucial era in history, with distinct sets of social and literary traditions, beliefs and values. I will try to demonstrate the various influences and assumptions that existed in Shakespeare’s time, by supporting my argument with opinions and arguments of critics, as well as highlighting textual evidence from the play itself.
The Role of Women in the Odyssey and King Lear This essay will examine Homer’s epic, The Odyssey and William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear in order to explain how the female gender is constructed in relation to the protagonists in each of the texts. It will demonstrate how the denial or acceptance of the common female role makes an important statement about the relationship between masculine and feminine identity. The texts assert that a complete balance of masculine and feminine qualities is needed to ensure that the protagonists Odysseus and King Lear remain successful in their endeavors. This will be supported using the primary archetypes of the unconscious mind characterized by psychiatrist Carl Jung: the anima (female self) and the animus (male self).Both texts present the ideal female role as a motherly figure that is nurturing, caring and graceful. In doing so, the texts serve to make the cautionary statement of how the deviation of the female from this role may allow the male protagonist’s plans to go awry.
Using present theory I show how Atwood deals with the concept of female body itself. I also consider Atwood’s depiction of the female desire, taking into account its relationship to power and identity. Atwood’s language has visible denotation and hidden connotation. She uses dictation such as “chain”, “leash”, “door knocker”, and “bottle opener” to show that society devalues and dehumanizes the female body. Atwood pits civilization against the wilderness surrounding it and society against the savagery from which it arose.