However, not everyone agrees with the heavy stereotypes laid down by the social order such as male dominance and proper courting. Marie de France is one of these people. She depicts her views of gender expectations through literature. Within the poem Guigemar, Guigemar and his lady fulfill and contradict what would be considered as gender norms within society: female inferiority, traditional courtship, and male dominance. Marie de France does this to criticize and combat the societal expectations and inherent inequalities in Norman England.
One way that Stanton uses logos is "The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation of man and toward women, having indirect object the establishment of and absolute tyranny over her." This staement is used to show the logic of the women's thoughts and ideas that they have in mind. A way that she uses pathos is when " he has taken from her all in right in property, even to wages she earns." This statement is used to get the reader to feel symathetic for Elizabeth and how she llost almost everything she was
Agrippina the Younger was the third wife of Claudius and the mother of Nero. Ancient writers have perceived her as a manipulative woman, controlling her husband and doing anything to place her son Nero upon the Imperial throne. Agrippina has gone down as one of the most powerful and most ruthless women in history. However modern historians have reviewed the images of Agrippina, free from the sexual bias of the Ancient writers. The histrorian James Romm portrayed Agrippina as a woman who was simply trying to escape the restrictions imposed on her by society.
Consider the effect conventional society has on the protagonists within both Wuthering Heights and Tess of the d’Urbervilles. In both “Wuthering Heights” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” the female characters are seen as subservient to their male counterparts and characters such as Heathcliff and Tess are treated as inferior as a result of their lower status. Both novels were considered to be unconventional because the authors explore taboo subjects such as ghosts, child abuse, rape and murder. The Protagonists are affected by societies expectations of the Victorian era that are forced upon them, which affects their actions; preventing their happiness and true love from flourishing. Victorian society held strong, conservative religious views.
This challenges Macbeth emotionally causing him to reconsider his manhood, ‘’Prithee, peace: I dare do all that may become a man’’. Lady Macbeth would have startled the audience considering that women in the Elizabethan society were seen as sub servant. Women were expected to have good manners and obey their husbands, since Lady Macbeth does have a high social status, she would be expected to be gentle and dignified. Whereas the Lady in The Laboratory has another approach to manipulating the person making her poison sexually, ‘’You may kiss me old man’’. This suggest she is using physical sexual attraction to manipulate the person because a ‘’kiss’’ is
Ibsen however takes a more moralistic approach to portraying Victorian society; by doing this he makes the characters more realistic.Both writers position the argument that marriage was being undermined as increasingly society seemed to show a lack of trust and respect within marriage. Wilde uses the character of Mrs Allonby as a vehicle to satirize this lack of respect. In conversation with the other ladies, Mrs Allonby openly admits to being bored by her husband "my husband s a sort of promissory note; I am tired of meeting him" and that as a result she thinks that it is
This is the similar to someone is over assured in their powers over others. When an individual is overconfident in their power over others, they will become trusting towards said person and lose that influence over them. This is highly evident when Lady Macbeth attempts to control her husband’s decisions. When Macbeth is acknowledged that he is capable of possessing such power, he lets Lady Macbeth know in a letter. Lady Macbeth quickly becomes consumed in her strive for superiority, and uses her power over her husband to gain the position of a King’s wife.
A Pair of Silk Stockings: Through a Feminist’s Lens Feminism is the theory that states that men and women should be equal politically, economically, and socially. Feminist literary theory is concerned with the impact of history and gender on reading and writing. It is evident that the feminist literary theory applies throughout the short story, A Pair of Silk Stockings. The protagonist of the story is Mrs. Sommers who is portrayed as a typical married woman of the early 1890s and she strives to gain personal freedom and identity just like any other woman. Women’s opinions are silenced by the rules, norms and perspectives of the dominating patriarchal society.
Gwen Harwood chooses to represent social institutions in a negative light because often in Gwen Harwood’s poems, women are portrayed as victims of the social circumstances of the 1950s and in the past as well. But Harwood sometimes chooses to take a different view and instead has the women either fight against the male dominant character, choosing to be more than just the mans possession or be an independent women who has ambitions and determination to be successful and not necessarily just be a mother. By placing the man as the dominant sex that provides for the family, and the women as the housewives and mothers, she gives the reader a view of how people were in the 1950s, and then adds a twist of the women dismissing this accepted behavior to express her opinion of such issues. Gwen Harwood’s work frequently focuses on woman being demoralised by society’s practices that reduce her to a lesser being. A common worldwide value that Harwood rejects as the normality in life with her poems.
Not only did Jason do that, but his soon to be father-in-law King Creon demands that Medea and her children leave at once or after she persuades him after a day. (Lines 279-280 and Lines 350-365, Medea) She decides to get revenge or “justice” by trying to hurt Jason in the deepest way possible. “If I should find some way, some strategy to pay my husband back, bring him to justice, keep silent.” (Lines 265-267, Medea) The way Medea decides to seek revenge however is not really justification it is just plain cruelty and revenge. She is justified in wanting to make him pay, but is not justified in the way she ends up doing so. After much deliberation, Medea has her children take a gown that has been poisoned to the princess so it appears as a peace offering and that they will give a safe haven to the children, but in reality she poisons the gown or robe and it kills the princess and her father King Creon.