Although she is a ‘woman’, she is considered one of the many infamous murderers and remember her insatiable appetite for power, even at the cost of human life. Not only does modern society show women who behave against these stereotypes, but so do women of all ages. Take for example Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, and the powerplay between the characters of the Three Witches and Macbeth. The Three Witches are more strong and provoking in character as they tend to dominate power over Macbeth. The Three Witches recklessly deal with their supernatural charms, spells and prophecies which make them seem ridiculous.
She knows that these people are being hung on her part, yet the look on her face shows no remorse or guilt but rather satisfaction. Through the character of Abigail Williams, The Crucible has shown how the evils of jealousy and lust can ruin lives. Abigail becomes the antagonist of the play through her affair with John Proctor, the vengeance she wishes upon John’s wife, and the look of satisfaction on her face as nineteen innocent people have been killed, just like the lack of guilt of the man responsible for the kidnapping and raping of Elizabeth Smart. This story shows us the evils of jealousy and lust. Although they may not be as extreme as the hangings of nineteen people, these evils are still very apparent in today’s
During the time period in which Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, women were uneducated, they were forced to act submissively and never express their opinions. Shakespeare, by using several female characters, particularly the Three Witches with powerful roles, made a complete turnaround from the norm as he went against expectations for the time period. One of the first examples of this is in Act 1 Scene 3 when one of the witches reveals that she has been ‘killing swine’ this contradicts the way women should have behaved during the 1600s as they were perceived to be kind, caring creatures. This is one of the commonest charges brought against supposed witches in Shakespeare's day was that they maliciously killed by pestilence, or the evil eye, the domestic animals of those they had a grudge against. The fact that this is some of the first activity from the witches gives us an insight into the masculinity that the witches hold.
I’ll warrant she’ll tax him home;” (3.3.29-32). Polonius was speaking to King Claudius about his plan to spy on Hamlet’s conversation with The Queen. This act of deception led to Polonius’s death, after Hamlet had stabbed him thinking that he was Claudius echoing the Queens cry behind the tapestry. The action of deceiving contributed to the deaths of many characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, acts of deception propagate the ideas of things that are untrue. The characters in the novel emphasized their plans to deceive
Who exactly is The Queen though? She isn’t who everyone thinks she is. The Queen is a woman whose past has defined her personality and made her she was. She was addicted to being on top, her jealousy drove her mad and her desires to torture someone else is what truly makes her evil. Every villain has a reason to why they become wicked in the first place.
Her actions ultimately lead to the murder of her first husband Camillo, her sexual presence and beauty creating jealousy and envy in the men that meet her. Vittoria is not an innocent character, but she is a product of women’s social limitations in the patriarchal society Webster has chosen to set the play in. Vittoria is undoubtedly the central character of the novel, the events throughout are as a result of her liaison with Brachiano, sparking a journey of murder and treachery. The title of the book ‘The White Devil’ describes Vittoria well, and helps display that she is not an innocent character. Being compared to the devil in a novel set in a heavily catholic country shows that she is evil, and the subtitle ‘The Tragedy of Paulo Giordano Ursini, Duke of Brachiano, With the Life and Death of Vittoria Corombona the famous Venetian Curtizan’ supports this.
She is as duped by her husband, Iago, as much as the rest of the cast and she tries to amend her wrongdoings in the end by telling the truth to Othello although she is too late to save her mistress, Desdemona. Bianca on the other hand is women who I believe is in on the whole plot to ruin Othello. In my readings I think that Iago uses this women for his
New Time, Same Problems: False Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures When looking at these works we see that their characters portray similar characteristics and dilemmas. Pauline from Heavenly Creatures gets influenced by Juliette to believe that if they get rid of Pauline’s mother, Honora, they will be able to achieve all the goals they have; this is short lived when they get separated anyway. Similarly, Macbeth is convinced by his wife that the killing Duncan is the right way to become king, after the murder takes place he realizes that there are more obstacles to over come till he becomes king; obstacles he cannot over come. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is similar to the film Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson because of the character parallels
The one time when we knew that Lady Macbeth was still human and still had feelings was towards the end of the play when the guilt drives her mad and she commits suicide. As the inspiration behind Macbeth’s downfall, lady Macbeth deserves a lot of the responsibility for it, as she was the one who forced him to take the first step by killing the king (a heinous
“Look Here…” In Hamlet, one of the most famous works of all time, written by William Shakespeare during the Renaissance period, dramatic monologues and soliloquys are used to delve into the livid thoughts of Hamlet about his family situation. Hamlet spends a majority of the play trying to avenge his ghostly father’s wishes, which are to avenge his murder done by the king’s own brother, Claudius. Hamlet also tussles with concepts of incest and betrayal due to his mother marrying her brother-in-law Claudius after King Hamlet is murdered. In Act 3 Scene IV, Hamlet uses his “Look here” monologue in order to depict to Gertrude the horrors she has committed, and while doing so, portrays major theme elements in betrayal and incest. One quintessential part of the plot deals with Hamlet’s struggling with his mother’s incestuous betrayal to his father until he finally confronts her, which is embodied in his dramatic monologue in Act 3 Scene IV.