Women were looked at as the weaker sex compared to men. In this play there was a athenian rule which required women to obey there fathers wishes or they could be killed. For example Egeus gave Demetrius his consent to marry his daughter Hermia. She was in love with Lysander and her father told her she should be killed if she doesnt marry Demetrius. In this play a womens life was not valubal to men.
Occurring at the beginning of Act IV, Juliet had been forced to marry Paris, a suitor, by her father. Capulet, however, does not know that she is married to Romeo, therefore causing her to sin if married again. She became upset, and ran to Friar Laurence, believing that he could help her. Since no solution the Friar had given her could help her to get back to Romeo, she stated “‘Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife shall play the umpire” (IV. i.
Synopsis: Impatiently waiting for the women of Athens and Sparta to arrive, Lysistrata plans to discuss the war between the Spartans and the Athens in front of the Akropolis in Athens. While she is waiting, she rants about how women might not show up because they lack organizational and structural power and responsibility, but her rant gets interrupted by Kleonike, her neighbor who is older than her. Kleonike tells Lysistrata that all that women possess is beauty and glamour and those characteristics cannot possibly end the war. However, Lysistrata claims that that is exactly the key to ending the war. As Kleonike gets fascinated by Lysistrata’s idea, two groups of women led by Myrrhine and Lampito (Spartan) enter with Ismenia and Korinthian.
Euripides questions the Greek ideal woman and her characteristics. Euripides wrote against the norm of Ancient Greek writing when writing this play. The theme of justice verses revenge was very prominent in Medea. Medea goes to great lengths to seek revenge on her ex-husband Jason after he left her and her kids to poverty in a foreign country so that he could then get married to the King’s daughter in Corinth. Not only did Jason do that, but his soon to be father-in-law King Creon demands that Medea and her children leave at once or after she persuades him after a day.
Feminism, organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests, was a central theme in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” roles (Merriam-Webster). In the days of King Arthur, friars commonly raped women and caused them dishonor, rejecting respect for their roles. In that particular society, knights were regarded as chivalrous, righteous, and valiant individuals. It would be out of the ordinary and of course punishable for one to rape a woman. However, this is the case in The Wife of Bath’s Tale in which a young and lusty knight rapes a woman and has to pursue the answer to the Queen’s question of what women really desire.
She is so intent on fulfilling her desires that Medea kills her own brother and manipulates the death of a king during their flight from Colchis. Medea refuses to let anything stand in the way of her selfish aspirations. In contrast, Dido is the loyal Queen of Carthage who never desired to love again after the death of her husband Sychaeus. She is forced to fall in love with the Trojan warrior Aeneas by the divine orchestrations of gods Juno, Venus and Cupid. Though her new found love intoxicates and causes her to forsake the duties of ruling, this is not by her design.
Instead of living her life in shame, she decided to marry him to cover this dark part of her past. Their marriage was based off of strife and anger. From their marriage came Ares—god of war, Hephaestus, Eileithyia—goddess of childbirth and Hebe—the goddess of youth. Another one of his female counterparts was Metis, a cunning Titan goddess of good counsel and wisdom, was a counselor to Zeus during the Titan War. After being in power, he impregnated her.
The betrayal of Polynieces causes his sister, Antigone, to start another long line of betrayal throughout the rest of the play. Antigone begins planning her betrayal against Creon and her justice against her brother when she goes to her sister, Ismene, for help. “You must decide whether you will help me or not.” (Line 30, Pg 774). Ismene is a coward and claims she cannot help Antigone, “But I have no strength to break laws that were made for the public good.” (Line 66, Pg 774). The fact that Antigone is now alone is this process does not slow her down at all; not even after Ismene warns her that the consequence of her actions could be death.
Streetcar Named Desire, a Play by Tennessee Williams explores themes of women being chameleons by blah . she picks her husband over her own sister which highlights the dependency of her on her husband. Despite the various times her husband, Stanley beats up Stella, her “love” for Stanley overpowers her and she overlooks his temper and even considers it a passion. Stella is a representation of typical women in the 1940’s society. Stella is dependant on men to the point that she chooses to disbelieve her sister was raped by her husband, just so she can go living with him because life without the support of a man is unthinkable.
If she is seen as a martyr, Creon will be seen as the evil ruler who forced her to be executed and history will not be kind to him. Antigone sees herself as the tragic heroine and is impulsive and stubborn. She refuses to see reason and demands that she get her way, thus forcing Creon to sentence her to death. Creon again begs Antigone to see reason and act in the best interest of Thebes, their country. Antigone refuses and Creon has no choice but to sentence her to death.