He is very angry and sentences Antigone to death. Ismene asks to be executed along with her sister. But Antigone doesn't want her by her side. She insists that she alone buried the brother, so she alone will receive punishment and possible reward from the gods. As if things weren't complicated enough, Antigone has a boyfriend: Haemon, the son of Creon.
He documents a complex woman’s struggle to cope, as she is suffocated by the male dominated society that she has been forced to subject herself to. The following essay will in particular discuss the relationships between the women of Hedda Gabler. Ibsen uses the themes explored in the play to examine and challenge the role of women in society. This is evident through the relationships that Hedda has not only with the male characters in the play but from those that she has with the two other prominent female characters in the play; Thea Elvsted, the delicate love interest of Ejlert Lövborg and Aunt Julie the benevolent aunt of Hedda’s new husband Jörgen Tessman. Both women are contrasting representations of Hedda.
They begin to harbor anger towards their husbands who “still view child care and household chores as women’s work” (Bennetts 419). For Bennetts argument to be valid, the assumption must be made that all women, or at least a vast majority, are in a “permanent state” of anger (Bennetts 418). It would also have to be assumed that men are unwilling to help out when it comes to childcare and women view the responsibility as a large burden. However, no evidence is put forth to support these claims. She fails to recognize the fact that some women might prefer to be a large part of their children’s lives and would rather
During the 1930’s, men were also faced with the struggle of keeping a job and pursuing their American Dream; the belief of having and living off their own business and land. In this novel, we are introduced to a very complex character named Curley’s Wife. In the beginning, the way she presents herself and acts gives the reader the impression that she is a provocative, dangerous character that shouldn’t be trusted. However, towards the end of the story, the reader discovers she is a very misunderstood woman, who is looking for the love and attention she doesn’t receive from her husband. She’s desperate for her life to change after a long
Essay outline: In the plays of “Othello” and “Antigone” the feminist prospective has been witnessed through out the play. The feminist prospective has been portrayed as a prejudice view. Within Othello and in Antigone, women are illustrated unfairly by their society and culture. In the plays women are seen negatively in different time period, prejudice beliefs, and lack of dependence. The treatment of women in both Antigone and Othello are affected by different timelines which in turn determines a woman’s social standing.
William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, offers detailed and often callous insights into the role of women, and men, in the Renaissance period in which the playwright lived in. Throughout this time, traditional women were often constantly criticised and treated as inferior to male counterparts. As such, Shakespeare has constructed his female characters to fulfil these traditional roles; however by taking a feminist approach these female characters appear marginalised and degraded. Ultimately, through the playwright’s representation of women, they can be see as worthless, sexual objects , both weak and inconsiderate in nature. Through a modern perception on the playwright’s female characters, women can be seen as worthless, sexually corrupt indiviudals.
1. DESCRIPTION OF LADY MACBETH Lady Macbeth is presented to the reader from her first appearance in the play as a woman fired by ambition. What Macbeth lacks in decisiveness, Lady Macbeth makes up for his lack of bloodthirsty lust for power and wealth. Swearing off her femininity at the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband powerfully to follow through with his plans to kill Duncan. After the act of regicide, it is Lady Macbeth who has the soundness of mind to plant the incriminating evidence on Duncan's guards.
Antigone's downfall is the result of her own doing. She refuses to listen to Creon because she is Polynesis' brother and wants him to be buried and suffers the consequences of disobeying the king. Antigone's death is not deserved for the crime she did. Creon sentenced her to death because he was threatened for his thrown. The readers are saddened because Antigone should not have died and she should be the queen of the kingdom instead of Creon.
And if a woman succumbs to acts adultery, this is seen as a great threat for the Oikos as the women can no longer be seen as honourable or chase, casting doubt on children’s legitimacy. It suggests that women tend to be seen as weaker and therefore potentially victims in need of protection through the law. Athenian men such as Ischomachus thought women were physically weak to an extent, believing ‘work.. indoors are women’s tasks’ and the ‘outdoors are the mans’. However, he justifies this indoor role he has given to his wife by different characteristics the gods have given to the sexes including women’s physical weakness however through the bee analogy he stresses the requirement for women to be assertive and strong in management in the internal roles of the oikos which makes her distinct from other women through her superior expertise she gains from managing the oikos. This suggests that Athenian men thought women were weak because of what they believe or what they’ve been taught to believe rather than see what women might be able to do.
Women in Hamlet In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet there are two main women characters (Ophelia- who ends up mad, and Gertrude- who ends up dead). Is it simply a coincidence that these women, the only women in the play end up letting themselves are, and are continually manipulate, controlled, and taken advantage of by the male characters in the play? Is it truly coincidental that when Ophelia’s love- hamlet- is taken away from her that she goes and, and when Gertrude is suddenly without a husband, she marries his brother? These things are not coincidence. They were done purposefully, now the question is why>?