There are many similarities to be drawn between the relationships of the protagonists and their spouses, but there also many differences. The traditional roles are reversed and ignored in the start of the play; opposed to Ibsen's A Doll's House (which is the reverse). It's hard to draw comparisons between Torvald and Macbeth, as they are very different characters. Though they are both ambitious, their roles and personalities differ greatly; where Torvald controls in his relationship, Macbeth submits. Shakespeare subverts gender roles like this throughout the play, such as when Lady Macbeth decides her husband is unable to commit the atrocities to sit on the throne and taunts him, insinuating things about his manhood and claiming he has "th' milk of human kindness" (Act 1, 5.15) implying that he isn't strong enough to kill King Duncan.
Throughout The White Devil, Webster presents his leading female character Vittoria as elusive, Vittoria’s absence from the stage for much of the play and often present on stage only due to the fact that she is continuously accused of being a ‘whore’. During scene one Vittoria speaks only two short lines and then exists the scene and is not heard of until her court trail scene. She is often used to create dramatic situations even during her trail scene, where whatever she speaks is re-told even when she recalls a dream she has had, Bracciano boldly states ‘sweetly shall I interpret your dream’. Portraying the fact that she is unable to interpret her own dream, implying that she is incapable compared to the male characters. During her trail scene, she is accused of being a whore and it is at this point in the play that she gains a voice.
Ophelia exists at his beck and call, even ending her relationship with hamlet at his whim. Such was the lot for women in renaissance England. Heather brown touches on this in her work Gender and Identity in Hamlet: A Modern Interpretation of Ophelia; “the woman's position in history-- seen only in relation to men--is problematic because of the hierarchy implicit in the relationship.” (Brown, paragraph 3) In a like manner, the King who, like Polonius, holds influence over Ophelia (being her king) uses her to surmise the intentions of Hamlet, and gauge his mental state. In league with Polonius, he set up Ophelia to meet with young Hamlet. In this situation, Ophelia is verbally abused by Hamlet, much to the indifference of the king and her father.
The basic difference between a dramatic monologue and a play also means that different techniques are used to convey the disturbance. Lady Macbeth Right from her first appearance in the play, Sh shows us a character who does not react in an entirely rational way. On reading the letter, her mind immediately goes to murdering Duncan; she shows none of the doubts that assail Macbeth, she does not even consider any other ways that the prophecy might come true, as he does, but is simply determined that he “shalt be what thou art promised”
Curley’s wife is portrayed as being a whore – but this is only due to the way she dresses, her provocative ways and the way she acts around men, as if she is aware of her femininity. This could suggest that she is only like this because she is bored, like it is something to do – something interesting for a change. She is constantly trying to get people to notice her. But, because of Lennie’s purity and innocence, he doesn’t see her in the way other men do – a sexual object. When Steinbeck quotes “And because she had confided in him, she moved closer to Lennie and sat beside him”, it is clear to the audience that Curley’s Wife is using her sexuality as an object to create some sort of excitement for herself.
Robin Flores Professor Anderson English 103 25 October 2012 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest One is to say, woman are portrayed inferior to men because they were never given a position of power, men see themselves superior than women, and are consider as sexual objects. The movie, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” shows the audience that women should stay in a patriarchy system. The female character Miss Ratchet, abused her power as a leader by being over dramatic on her job. The main character, McMurphy never agreed with Miss Ratchet on anything because he feels superior. Two other females that had nicknames are known as a sexual need in the film because McMurphy invited them over to seduce the guard and Billy.
She often depends of men to lean on and protect her. She understands that sexual freedom does not fit the pattern of chaste behavior, which Blanche would be expected to conform. Characters: In the beginning of the play, Blanche Du Bois presents herself with an air of poise and elegance. However as the story progresses, Blanche, who is psychologically deluded about her beauty and attractiveness, reveals herself to be a neurotic and an alcoholic. Her flirtatious desires are split from her surface talk and behavior.
She wrote in “Thinking About Shakespeare’s Sister”, about the acceptable actions that were performed on women specifically to oppress them. Actions life domestic abuse, arranged marriages, and being the property of the males in their lives. This was hundreds of years ago, but somewhere along the way we gradually gained independence and respect. I see this not as a need for an end to feminism. Society claims that we have reached a point where sexism is not existence and feminist are just grasping onto thin air to keep their agenda alive.
In the essay I am going to be talking about two disturbed characters in a play and a poem. The first characters that I will be talking about is lady Macbeth which she was in a play that was written by William Shakespeare in Elizabethan times, the three themes for the play is supernatural, the conflicts of order and ambition which it is still relevant today but in this play lady Macbeth was three of them, she did not act like what the Elizabethan woman acted she acted differently, in that time the woman was forced to obey their husbands, to agree with what their husband say to them, not to insult their husband because if they don’t do all them they will be whipped, but lady Macbeth did not do all this things she twisted it round just for power, persuading her husband to do her dirty work, so William Shakespeare is trying to make it relevant to audience today because he want them to see the plot of the blindly ambitious husband with a strong willed wife who must try to cope with guilt by their murder of an innocent king in order to further power. The second character that I will be talking about is the Duke in My Last Duchess, a poem written by Browning in the 1842, it was set in the Victorian times, this poem allows us to focus just on the speaker The duke, he is talking about his latest wife that he have had recently his last duchess, in this poem it really shows us how man acted toward their wife in the Victorian times. In this essay I will be comparing the two disturbed characters and bring out what both of them want and how much they want, also show the reader why the writers made them so disturbed. In the beginning of the Macbeth, Lady Macbeth seemed to be decent, but it was the
He depicts women as completely sexual creatures and also devalues women in the eyes of men. The way we have viewed women from the 1600’s to now has changed dramatically. In the 1600’s, the approximate time period Shakespeare had written Hamlet, women where viewed as helpless, dependent and had no place in society. Women today are looked upon with respect and dignity because they have earned self respect, value and a place in society as hard working, knowledgeable and yet compassionate. I believe Gertrude from Hamlet, is a depthless individual who only thinks about her body and external pleasures.