The Roles of Women Essay

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Continuously in literature women take a backseat to the men; women are often portrayed to be incapable of fulfilling the roles “intended” for men by society. Usually in these stories women are illustrated as weaker or inferior to their male counterparts. Often characterized as helpless or as servant to the man, manipulative and untrustworthy, very rarely do we see woman in charge woman and with power like Clytemnestra in Agamemnon or women who are educating the man for a change like we see Shahrazad do with the many woman of her stories in The Thousand and One Nights. In both stories the doing of both women are seen as negative when actually they are trying to fight so that one day woman can be treated equal to men. Agamemnon takes place during the time of the Trojan War, a time when men went off to fight and the women stayed home to take care of things while the man was gone. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, was able to obtain great power during a time when a woman’s opinion didn’t matter. In The Thousand and One Nights Shahrazad the daughter of one of the king’s helpers, managed to not only avoid death unlike the many other girls before her but also teaching her sister and more importantly the king valuable life lessons even if he might have been unaware of it. Women weren’t allowed to fight in the Trojan War because they were thought to be too weak, emotional, inferior or not as worthy of life. Agamemnon’s loyalty his fellow men over that of his own wife and daughter proves that he doesn’t women’s life when he makes the decision to sacrifice his own daughter just so that him and his men could sail out to Troy for battle. To everyone’s surprise, in her husband’s absence, Clytemnestra managed to adopt control over the Ancient Greek kingdom of Argos, something women were thought incapable of without help. She was able to eliminate he stereotypical roles for

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