How Does Carol Ann Duffy Present Women in Mrs Aesop and Litany? In both Mrs Aesop and Litany Duffy presents women at quite different angles. In Mrs Aesop Duffy makes reference to women as blunt and constantly criticising, a trait that is very unusual for a feminist. Because of her jealousy she makes fun of his masculinity and insults him the sex was diabolical. Showing a stronger side to Mrs Aesop, but also a rather childish one.
And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”(Scene Nine).She seems enraged that her reality is unraveled, that everyone now sees her fantasy for what it is, fantasy. Her lies about her purity, her age, her background, everything is now out in the open to be judged and scrutinized by the public. Blanche DuBois is a tragic figure. She is out of place both geographically and temporally (Scene One). She appears to be trying to remain a ‘young women’ when in fact she is getting old, this results in an unappealing persona.
As previously mentioned she uses the words ill formed and feeble to describe her unfinished writing’s fragility. In line 10, she continues by saying, “thy visage was so irksome in my sight,” to explain the shame and discomfort that she carries with her due to the fact that her “baby” was exposed to the public still so unpolished. She applies the words blemishes, flaw, and hobbling into her diction in order to express her piece as something that is not well put together, and no matter how much she attempts to polish it, she feels as if she has failed at improving it. Lastly, Bradstreet’s characterization of her work comes to life through the evident controlling metaphor of the poem, which is claiming that her writing is her “offspring”. Throughout the entire poem, the controlling metaphor becomes this idea that her writing is her child,
In a similar way, readers can distinguish how untrustworthy these characters are from what they chose to share. And lastly, Fitzgerald portrays women as individuals who think highly of themselves because of all the material things that are in their reach. The women in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby convey unflattering qualities which cause readers to feel unsympathetic towards their actions throughout the novel. It is the little details in the novel that Fitzgerald includes throughout which portray women as weak both physically and intellectually. Having said that, the women in the novel make poor choices which reveal their characters as impractical.
Steinbeck portrays him as paranoid and insecure for which he overcompensates for with aggression. In section 4 we find talking to Crooks, Candy and Lennie, in this section we see a glimpse of her true self, after which she then overcompensates for her vulnerability by threatening to have Crooks lynched. This gives us the impression that she is evil. Finally in section 5 we see the true version of Curley's wife, we learn she has dreams, just like everyone else, and also falls victim to loneliness (another big theme of the novel). In death, we see what she really looks like, innocent and pure.
This implies that Hero is only there for her physical appearance – a very demeaning portrayal of women, focusing as it does on their objectification. Much ado is very misogynistic as women like Hero are constantly being taken advantage of. Woman are seen as mere possessions and used whenever they are deemed fit. This reflects male dominance and patriarchy. Women are the weaker sex in this play: they are forced into giving into male power by doing what they are told; which is expected of them.
There is evidence to support both arguments. It would certainly seem that because of her passivity, she can be seen as a slave through the language she uses such as: “I shall obey my lord.” The height of this is seen in the nunnery scene, where the conversation between Hamlet and Ophelia takes place. She seems not only unemotional, but also obedient, uncaring and machine-like. As she uses language and says stuff like “I think not my lord”. This passivity perhaps provokes an audience to despise her passivity, even though she is being used by two of the antagonists.
Once Blanche meets Stella she disguises her social insecurity by being rude towards her when she says, ‘You’re as plump as a partridge.’ We learn more about the real Blanche at this point, she has her own insecurities she wants everyone around her to feel insecure too. Blanche’s inability to hide her thoughts is possibly one of the reasons that Blanche and Stella don’t have a close relationship. Blanche also makes a bad first impression on Stella’s husband, Stanley, making her social position that bit worse for her. ‘I was fishing for a compliment, Stanley.’ Once again we see that Blanche wants to do as much as possible to feel
This tension starts as Blanche says, “This horrible place”, and, “never, never, never in my worst dreams could I picture – only Poe! – could do it justice.” This clearly offends Stella, and so Blanche carries on to say, “Oh I meant to be nice about it”, as she is aware that she must be nice to Stella since she has nowhere else to go. Instantly this causes discomfort with her and Stella; Tennessee Williams allows Blanche to ramble on and be mindlessly rude to her sister as it sets off a contrast in thoughts between the sisters. Stella appears to be happy and almost carefree whereas Blanche is directed to be ‘stiff’ and ‘quite cold’, again showing the difference in the women which is then highlighted further as Blanche ‘is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat’. Williams uses the stage directions to illustrate that Blanche is not of a normal mind-set as she seems to be nervous, using directions such as, ‘A cat screeches.
Very silly choice if you ask me’. She is very different to other parents because normal parents will complement their child even though they were horrible but Gwen instantly lists all the negatives factors of the play and say Meg was terrible. Gwen’s continuous nagging creates a barrier between her and Meg which Gwen is not able to get out of her domestic world. Furthermore, when Gwen was complaining to Jim that she did not have her keys, Jim tries to convince Gwen that he does not have the key but she tips all the contents of her handbag on the floor which shows she is in a very irrational nature. Gwen has a tendency to repeat a lot of words in order to get a message across which also can show anxiety, especially when she says ‘No.