Analyzing The Odyssey 1-5-05 The Odyssey, by Homer, has many different themes. This paper will be covering three concepts in particular. The first curiosity in the epic poem is the fact that Odysseus, the main character, is seen as both faithful and unfaithful to his wife. Also, the control of events in the lives of the mortals by the gods brings to light the concept of limited free will. And last, the language of different scenarios, i.e.
In the film Real Women Have Curves Latina teenager Ana Garcia struggles on trying to balance her family’s culture and her own beliefs that seem to differ very much from her family’s. This becomes a problem throughout the movie. Her family wants her to be doing something that she is not nearly interested in. The problems mainly break through with Ana’s mother whose name is Carmen. Throughout the whole film you are able to see how the culture differences between Ana and her mother Carmen affect their mother and daughter relationship even till the last moments of the film.
The speaker presents examples of the roles of women in order to set a standard of comparison between the three generations and to show the differences in expectations of women within them. This poem confirms that women fall under stereotypes, depending on when they were born. Though these expectations of being a woman remain relatively the same through time, Mirikitani’s writing illustrates how each generation undergoes changes, and how the drive for rebelling against society grows within each later generation. The speaker in “Breaking Tradition” uses the metaphor of “separate rooms” to demonstrate that each generation is inevitably different from the previous one and that the desire to be free of societal norms and expectations increases within every one. From the beginning of the poem, there is an obvious separation of generations, hence the “separate rooms”.
Jane Eyre is essentially a negative critique of Victorian social structure. Through the use of Jane as an ambiguously classed governess, Charlotte Bronte can effectively critique the standards of the time. Jane's largest barriers in achieving what she wants are her low to middle class and the prejudices held against her because of it. Without the inclusion of these obstacles, the novel would have no driving force, and so the interest is indeed found in the depiction of social class. Jane Eyre is part of the bildungsroman genre, meaning that the protagonist has to overcome a variety of obstacles, both psychological and moral in their journey from childhood to adulthood, and every hurdle which Jane has to jump is rooted either directly or indirectly in social order.
Portrayal of Women in Hamlet and Oedipus Tyrannus Introduction Traditionally, the society has been heavily tilted against women. Throughout history, the female gender has suffered bias and oppression from their male counterparts. Society generally considers women as the weaker sex and incapable of holding their own (Das 1). Shakespeare and Sophocles have captured the plight of women in their texts Hamlet and Oedipus Tyrannus respectively. The two texts present a woman from a disadvantaged point of view and how she struggles to establish a foothold in a male-dominated society.
Woman are raised to believe that the key to happiness rests in marriage. In their different roles, the characters are all disillusioned and disappointed. The fear and insecurities that the woman face throughout the monologues addresses the struggles throughout their lives. One character for example, Meryl, faces problems and hardships as she is unable to control
During this time, she raised their son Telemachus to adulthood. Penelope's character is complex. There is a deep unrest throughout the poem about how Penelope's relationships with the suitors will play out. There are seeds of doubt about Penelope, sown by the shade of Agamemnon who says to Odysseus in Hades that his own wife, Clytemnestra will give "an evil reputation to all women, even on one who does good" (199). This deepens the possibility that Penelope might prove unfaithful to Odysseus and builds suspense throughout the narrative.
Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz are two women in which Edna’s options of life paths are exhibited, however, Edna finds both role models lacking. Edna then begins to see that the life of freedom and individuality is the path she wants to follow, however goes against society. The restrictions imposed on Edna Pontellier are based purely on her gender.
Euripides has been accused of being a misogynist as well as the world's first feminist. In your view, do the portrayals of Medea and Jason allow such contradictory interpretations? Euripides' Greek tragic play, 'Medea', depicts a wife's desire to right the wrongs done to her by her husband and in the pursuit of satisfaction, she commits the heinous of crimes, infanticide. The play is set in a patriarchal society, where women are treated as mere tools to satisfy their male partners. 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.
The story of the abduction of Persephone is told in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, which tells the story of a maiden stolen from her known to the unknown by the lord of the underworld and the consequent actions of her mother because of the abduction. This story of Persephone can be classified as a myth based on the definition of myth provided by William Bascom. Bascom defines a myth of explaining natural phenomena, explaining a ritual, exploring the relationships between deities, and having specific time frame and place not of this earth, all of which this story contains. The Hymn to Demeter starts off with Persephone picking flowers in a meadow with some fellow maidens. She found a narcissus flower and out from the earth came Hades in a golden chariot to carry off a screaming Persephone.