In ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ this is represented by Egeus, Hermias father who has total control over Hermia, including who she is to marry. Egeus quotes an ancient Athenian law where by a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. This presents Egeus to the audience as a resonant voice as he reflects dominant ideologies and values the patriarchal society by demanding his daughter to marry the man of his choice whom she does not love or be killed. This same strong stance of rigid patriarchy is reflected in ‘Chocolat’ through the resonant character of Count Reynaud. He values old traditions of religion and power through a patriarchal society.
Perhaps, Ophelia’s most prominent trait is her propensity to be totally utterly manipulated by other characters in the play. Most obviously by her father, Polonius, as he treats her on equal rank with his own finances "Think yourself a baby/ That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay/ Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more dearly...or you'll tender me a fool" (Shakespeare, 1.3. 105-107). Ophelia exists at his beck and call, even ending her relationship with hamlet at his whim.
II. Lysander and Hermia demonstrate the beginning stages of love or passionate love. a. Shakespeare criticizes love from the viewpoint of Hermia’s father, Egeus as well as being challenged by society itself. b. The challenges of love are being portrayed when Hermia’s father, Egeus’s, refuses her to marry Lysander but Demetrius (Carter, 2).
During the sixteenth century in Italy, marriages were pre-arranged by the parents and/or guardians, whether or not their children had passionate feelings for each other. Such is the case in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The prospective groom, County Paris, actually appears to love his intended wife Juliet, who, unfortunately for Paris, loves another man—Romeo. Under scrutiny, Paris’s love for Juliet rings false, while Romeo only professes his own love more deeply. Paris’s insincere love does no justice to his case; in fact, it serves to further illuminate the legitimacy of Romeo’s adoration.
When Hamlet pours his heart out for his late father, the new King Claudius deems him to be unmanly. To be unmanly is to be womanly, and Claudius considers his new stepson/nephew to be such. “ ‘Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father, […] But to persever in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief (I.ii.87-94).” Later on, in act 2, Hamlet curses himself for being womanly. “Why, what an ass am I!
He is very protective over her and he does mention that Paris should at least try and win her heart and make her love him before he proposes to her as he says “but woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart”, so we can see he does want his daughter to marry because she loves him not as in Shakespearean times when they married not for love, and they were expected to fall in love after marriage. In those times because when a couple is married and the girl becomes the husbands ‘property’ Capulet does not like the thought of that and he likes the power of being in control of Juliet and does not want to give her away. In act 3 scene 5 Capulet changes his thoughts about Paris and Juliet’s marriage, but because Juliet has only just married Romeo in secrecy and does not love Paris anyways she refuses and we can see how violent and controlling he is over Juliet when she rejects the other to marry Paris when he says “go with Paris
A Doll’s House Quotes and Analysis Marriage * NORA: "How painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald […] to know that he owed me anything! It would upset our mutual relations altogether." (1.197) | * The Helmers' marriage is based on maintaining a veneer of male dominance. * Use of exclamation – she herself cannot come to terms with humiliating her husband * NORA: "Christine is […] is frightfully anxious to work under some clever man, so as to perfect herself--" (1.282) | * Nora's relationship with her husband seems to be built on careful manipulation of his ego. * HELMER: "Nice?--because you do as your husband wishes?
Explore the Relationship between Married Couples in Macbeth and Of Mice and Men Both Shakespeare and Steinbeck present relationships that their audience would find flabbergasting. In Macbeth, Macbeth receives the prophecy of being king. He informs his wife, Lady Macbeth, of the news. He writes, “my dearest partner of Greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee.” The fact he regards her as his ‘dearest partner of Greatness’ suggests that he does think highly of her. He refers to the prophecy as “Greatness” which would suggest it is special to Macbeth as he refers it as something great which is only really done to things that are looked upon highly.
As you can see, they have been through many difficulties before they are led to a happy ending. Egeus, Hermia’s father is the biggest throuble of all as he tries to force Hermia to marry Demetrius, the guy who has his consent. Hermia, being in love Lysander, refuses to do so. Eageus is very angry about it. He takes his daughter and the two guys to the court of Athens and asks Theseus to give judgement.
In "Editha" by William Dean Howells, a young woman named Editha Balcom feels a man's place is behind his country. Her love interest George Gearson feels war is the wrong answer; he feels that it causes chaos in the world. Editha and George have a contemporary relationship. She feels a man must fight for his country in order to be a real man. Contrary to Editha's