Jocasta In Oedipus The King

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Feminist criticism in literature has become a more prominent as time has progressed, with feminist views becoming a staple in modern literature. Despite its growing integration into the analysis of texts, the portrayal of women in literature has, until recently, remained constant throughout time. As seen in Oedipus the King, the inferiority of women to men transcends time, dating back to the fourth century B.C., and perhaps earlier. The portrayal of Jocasta in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, reflects the perpetuating view of women as the inferior sex. The role of women in ancient Greek theatre indicates the role of women in Greek society. They had no role. In ancient Greece it was perceived that women “had a very poor mind, but a strong emotional realm” (Women, 3). This may account for the fact that in contrast to men whose civic duty was to perform in the theatre, women were forbidden. In Oedipus the King, the role of Jocasta would have been performed by a man wearing a mask to discern he was a female. Having men play the roles of women demonstrates that women were either not trusted, because of their emotional instability, or were thought not to have the mental capacity to fulfill the demands of a performance. Because of their insignificance, Greek playwrights seldom used female characters. Only those women…show more content…
Thankfully, literature is a reflection of the era it is written. In more modern times, authors have moved away from depicting women in a negative fashion. With the equality gap between men and women constantly deteriorating, the representation of women in literature also constantly
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