Romm concluded that even though Agrippina may have been manipulative and ambitious she was still able to achieve what women of the era could not. The write Cat Pierro’s argues that Agrippina the Younger’s life is one that is full of mistakes, the largest of which was giving birth Nero. Pierro interpretation of Agrippina is that she was an Austere , arrogant woman that would use her sexuality to gain power. She was jealous of any woman that tried to become close to her husband and then her son, even going as so far to order the execution of a women that her husband Claudius complimented. Eventually she vilified herself enough to turn herself not only to turn her son against her but most of the court as well.
Even though Cleopatra is already disliked by the Romans this creates an even worse imagery, it shows Cleopatra as the person with the power. The woman has the upper hand. Even though it seems she was not the most beautiful woman around her character was strong enough to influence Mark Anthony. As evidence from the coins from Egypt, the coins showed her as a more of a manly figure. Similarly Mark Anthony had the same designed coins this was to show the people of Rome as well as Egypt their
Lady Macbeth is the wife to the plays protagonist Macbeth. I would consider lady Macbeth as not being such a conventional Elizabethan woman being that women in this time where seen as weak and unable to control manly situations however lady Macbeth is shown to be strong and In control of Macbeth which was unheard of in Elizabethan times. An Elizabethan audience would react highly to the sight of a woman being in control of a man because it was seen to be not right to for a woman to be in control being that a man would normally be in control of a woman. The audience will be shocked an astonished by the way in which lady Macbeth acts. However a modern audience will not react as highly as an Elizabethan audience would, as now day’s people are more familiar to women being powerful of different places within society.
Medea How can you tell whether someone is truly insane or not? In the Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides, barbarian princess Medea marries Lolcus prince Jason. Jason leaves Medea to marry a Rich princess to help support Medea and their two children. Throughout the story Medea tires to get revenge on Jason for leaving her. Medea is hurting other people by trying to get revenge on Jason.
Males still see females as patriarchal women, not as leaders or decision makers. But there was a reverse gender role in the film. Miss Ratchet was the leader and convinces her higher ups to keep McMurphy to stay in the mental institution because she thought it was the best decision. The movie showed that her decision was wrong and she shouldn’t have that position in the first place because she supposed to be inferior to men. Moreover, men see themselves superior than woman because of patriarchy system.
Women had an inadequate amount of freedom and were expected to conform to the ideologies of society. Antigone’s gender is a major part of the tragedy, her gender affects not only the meaning of her actions, but the consequences as well. In Ancient Greece, the role of men was viewed as more significant than the role of women. Antigone and her sister, Ismene, were very unlike eachother. Ismene was the ideal Greek woman and was the complete opposite of Antigone.
The overall judgment of women, as seen by the furies is that they are a powerful force, not to be reckoned with, but not exactly knowable or rational either. The sky gods, such as Zeus, use the spitefulness of the furies to rebuke the actions of men, particularly when they allow a woman to have more strength than they ought to posses. This is seen with Helen, who is not seen as a mere pawn (which she “ought” to be by the standards of the day), but somehow a deceitful woman for being beautiful, and having men going to war for her. (74 – 80). This misplacement of power and station is also seen with Clytemnestra.
On the contrast, other women on the show such as Amy seem to have an extraordinary amount of intelligence, yet lack the pretty looks to go along with it. They seem to portray women as opposite ends of the spectrum; either they are all brawn and no brain or extremely intelligent but lack beauty, both sides being socially awkward to an extent. This contrast may have been done in order to show the differences between certain women and how the men of the show view and treat them, often with the intent of comedy. It’s amusing to the public to see a pretty girl struggle with understanding a simple concept, and equally amusing seeing an intelligent average looking girl struggle with trying to fit in. However, here in lies the problem: the way they represent women is harmful because it leaves people with the impression that if there’s a good
The insecurities of Maggie’s character are not just skin deep, much like my own. Her older sister Dee is very flamboyant and educated, both of which are threatening to Maggie who “eyes her with a mixture of envy and awe” (297). Maggie is intimidated by those around her whom she feels are better than she is. Although my insecurity is not as extreme as Maggie’s I still at times feel ashamed of the way I look or am susceptible to those around me. However as previously stated in my comparison to the character of Amanda I often mask this insecurity through a more confident persona, which Maggie’s character does not do.