Beatrice is cynical and witty; she doesn’t conform when it comes to the role of women in Elizabethan time. In terms of how males view females, there is a theme of cuckoldry (men who married unfaithful wives). This is shown in the first scene when Leonato confirms that Hero is his daughter, ‘Her mother hath many times told me so’, a joke at her expense, implying she is unfaithful to him. In a conversation between Claudio and Benedick, they talk about Hero. Claudio asks if he ‘noted’ her, Benedick tells him he did not, but he ‘looked on her’.
Module A: Comparison of Texts Individuals challenge the values that permeate time, in a manner that is relevant to their society. This rebellion is evident in William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew and Gil Junger’s film 10 Things I Hate About You whereby Katherina and Kat initially disregard the social expectations for women of their context. The composers portray this comparably, using textual integrity so the women’s misunderstood, shrew-like behavior is suited to their culture and society. This in turn, provokes both characters to experience a transformation of self and their values. In The Taming of The Shrew, Katherina challenges the values and themes of courtship and marriage, dismissing the female etiquette when meeting her suitor.
He grabs her by the arms and says word that do not make sense. Ophelia was frightened by the way Hamlet was treating her so she tells her father about Hamlet: " " Ophelia is mistreated by Hamlet showing the male dominance over a woman. Ophelia is unable to protect herself from Hamlet's madness. In addition, Ophelia is easily manipulated by Hamlet since she tends to be affected by his behaviours. Hamlet may have known that Ophelia was going to tell Polonius about his madness and that's why he decides to approach her in the first place.
From the very beginning of the play, Benedick and Beatrice’s attitude toward each other is a superb representation of this theme of deceit. The two menacingly fight with each other; both determined to better the other. In this “merry war” of witty insults, they are both deceiving themselves into believing they feel nothing for one another. This self-deception becomes even more obvious in masked ball scene, Act 2, Scene 1, in which Shakespeare uses physical deception by having Benedick disguise himself at the party. Benedick’s desire to know what Beatrice truly thinks of him is a sign of the love he feels for her, yet has chosen to not yet acknowledge it, even to himself.
Oberon: Manipulative or not? What does it mean to be manipulative? Well, in William Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Oberon and Titania have a big disliking for each other even though they are husband and wife. The thing with Oberon is that he really wants the Indian boy so he can become apart of his crew but Titania won’t allow Oberon to have hi. This is where one realizes how well Shakespeare shows characterization towards Oberon being manipulative because he orders Puck to put the love in idleness flower on someone with Athenian clothing, he used the same flower on Titania while she slept to help him get the Indian boy, and his reaction to finding out Titania fell in love with an ass.
The simile used in this quote emphasises the lack of fidelity within both texts. Even thought the women are portayed as unfaithful in both texts, so are the men. In 'cosi fan tutte' the men do not participate in adultary however they both disguise themselves as albainians. Their deception is a betrayal of their wives trust. As seen in 'cosi', when the stage lights black out, lewis shares a kiss with Julie, however later on it's revealed that julie has a girlfriend she'd rather be with.
In both Shakespeare’s Othello and Hurston’s The Gilded Six-Bits a couple is torn apart by wickedness. Othello believes Desdemona is cheating on him and Missie May is tempted to cheat on Joe. Each couple encounters an ordeal that tests their devotion and faith for each other. However, one couple’s relationship is saved by forgiveness and the other couple does not. The following paragraphs will show how forgiveness is shown in The Gilded Six-Bits, how forgiveness is not shown in Othello, and a comparison what happens consequentially.
Though some may interpret this behaviour as common for a loving wife to exhibit, it is quite clear that this is exactly the kind of behavior that prevents the men in the play from achieving success. Linda and the other limited number of females in the play fill the men in the play with a false sense of confidence and this is the very act that causes the men to deteriorate from their main goals in life. The women in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman do not play a supportive role: Willy’s downfall, Biff’s downfall and Bernard’s success can all be linked back to the excessive support of the women in the play or the lack thereof. Willy Loman’s downfall is directly linked to the excessive support and inflation he receives from his wife and the mistress. Throughout the entirety of the play, we see Linda’s devotion to her husband and her inability to find any fault in Willy.
Despite common belief that Ophelia and Gertrude merely serve as subservient, foil characters among the men in the play, many critics see strong glimmers of feminism within the two. Many feel that the weaknesses in the women are highlighted solely to take attention away from the atrocities that the men commit. In other words, the men fear the weak, feminine characteristics within themselves, so they project the image of promiscuity onto the females in order to secrete their masculine bloodshed. This is found evident in Hamlet’s reaction to Polonius’ death in his infamous scene with Gertrude, where he attempts to “speak daggers to her, but use none.” (3-2-378) Upon the murder of Polonius, Gertrude’s "supposed sin is made to overshadow his actual sin and somehow to justify it." Moreover, it’s only when Ophelia dies that she is finally able to escape the “whore” image that the men in the play had branded her with.
Shakespeare, however, seems to use her, and the witches, to undercut Macbeth’s idea that “undaunted mettle should compose / Nothing but males” (1.7.73–74). These crafty women use female methods of achieving power—that is, manipulation—to further their supposedly male ambitions. Women, the play implies, can be as ambitious and cruel as men, yet social constraints deny them the means to pursue these ambitions on their own. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband with remarkable effectiveness, overriding all his objections; when he hesitates to murder, she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove