There was one particular quote in the novel that seemed out of place in my opinion. The quote depicts women in a very negative way. The beginning of the quote is as followed: “Experience will teach you the real characters of the beings who chiefly compose your species” (86). The statement was made by a male character from the novel. Then the quote continues and states: “You will find them, [women] a set of harpies, absurd, treacherous, and deceitful—regardless of strong obligations, and mindful of slight injuries…” (86).
Marie de France does this to criticize and combat the societal expectations and inherent inequalities in Norman England. The poem begins by Marie immediately introducing and defending herself as a writer. She declares that in her culture, People should praise anyone who wins admiring comments for herself but anywhere there is a man or a woman of great worth, people who envy their good fortune often say evil things about them. (5-10) This introduction reflects the negativity her society has against female writers. Where Marie de France comes from, many people disagree with women having power through literature.
Allusion | Literal Meaning | How it Develops Theme | Sources | I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant (3,2,14) | I would whip a man for making a tyrant sounding too much like a tyrant. | Demostrates Hamlet’s insanity because Hamlet once was described as a kind and gentle person, but now Hamlet says he will whip the players if they overact this scene at all. Hamlet is becoming out of control and abusive. The word, Termagant, refers to, “an imaginary god held in Christendom to be worshipped by Muslimsand described as very violent”. (Billy and Connor 81-82) | - Billy and Connor, Allusions, Tangient LLC, Web.
True masculinity is a conceptual fallacy. Macbeth’s hamartia is his indulgence in the concept of masculinity. Lady Macbeth, the main female protagonist demasculinizes Macbeth throughout the play for his lack of assertiveness. Manipulatively, she states to Macbeth, “What beast was’t then, /That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.47-49).. She defines manhood as stark aggression to achieve power in any means necessary such as killing Duncan.
Abigail also says, “I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart … and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!” (Miller 24). Abigail reminds Proctor of the Ten Commandments, and the one that he breaks, when he goes to her and commits adultery. The existence of a relationship between Proctor and Abigail is a sin, and yet, she still provokes this act of wrongdoing; in order to give herself what she wants for the most part, and this prize possession happens to be John Proctor, which Abigail wants so dreadfully. Also, Abigail believes that Elizabeth Proctor is controlling John Proctor by making him deny his
Her poise is an illusion set up to shield herself from reality, yet she still attempts to make herself attractive to new male suitors. Themes: Violence and cruelty appear as a theme in this play. Violence is often fraught with sexual passion. For instance, Stella explains her love for Stanley despite his brutality to Blanche. There is the unnerving suggestion that violence is more willingly accepted by women in a marriage than one would like to believe.
Before Dimmesdale kills himself, he admits his sin to the whole town. Also, Dimmesdale receives treatment from Hester’s husband, Chillingworth, who knows their secret, and is trying to get revenge on them both. Chillingworth ends up realizing that he is going insane with trying to get revenge and believes that he has sinned more than both of them. The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne uses satire to poke fun of the Puritan attitude toward sinning and the punishments of sinning. The reader learns from the text that the Puritan religion looked down on the idea of sin and punishes sinners harshly.
While her getting worse than before, it dramatically shows the procedure of being enlightened in case of rising of female powers. There are several evidences that may represent narrator’s mental instability and they seem to be originated from John’s oppressive way to treat her. The narrator is afraid that John doesn't seem to understand her state fully enough. "Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good." (1279) She knows doing her favorite work―writing―and traveling around beautiful places may be helpful to recover her nervous hypochondria, but she just tries not to make John irritated by doing nothing.
Competitiveness within the women seems to push the women to judge what is right and wrong, based on jealousy and envy as much as religious and social morals. We also see this competitive spirit forming moral judgment and actions in Edith Wharton's story, "Roman Fever", where again, the focus is the moral decisions made by women and the male is blameless. As the story unfolds we learn that both ladies, in their youth, loved Delphin Slade, and Mrs. Slade realized this and thought of Mrs. Ansley as a threat. For this, she had always considered Mrs. Ansley an adversary, "Would she never cure herself of envying her?" (Wharton, 1072) The story evolves to paint the picture of a female competition in which Delphin is but a pawn, blameless and controllable by women.
One quintessential part of the plot deals with Hamlet’s struggling with his mother’s incestuous betrayal to his father until he finally confronts her, which is embodied in his dramatic monologue in Act 3 Scene IV. The reasoning behind why Hamlet gives this monologue is that he wants his mother, Gertrude, to see what crime and sin she has committed and to make her feel guilt for it. Towards the end of the first half of his monologue, Hamlet provides a harsh reality check to Gertrude, declaring “This was your husband: look you now, what follows. Here is your husband; like a mildew’d ear” (Lines 63-4). This section clearly depicts Hamlet’s intent of trying to erect guilt in Gertrude by contrasting her former and present husbands.