She says that ‘I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honor than in the embracements of his bed where he would show most love”. Volumnia is a highly ambitious and tactical woman that she would employ any means possible to achieve her goal whether it be by sweetly persuading or manipulating Coriolanus. Volumnia persuades him to humble himself to the plebeians in Act 3 scene 2 “ I prithee now, my son, go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand…here be with them”. In a more severe situation she begs for Coriolanus not to destroy Rome where she kneels “unproperly “ and asks young Martius to do the same. Her actions are in contrast to Virgilia who is full of remorse in
Philosophy of Love and Sex – Final Assignment – Question # 2 500287179 April 16, 2014 Philosophy Paper – Woman in Love De Beauvoir highlights a significant difference between man and a woman, regarding love and relationships. Beauvoir outlines the idea of love being two factors, authentic and unauthentic love, between the two genders. According to Beauvoir women treasure and experience love as total devotion, claiming herself as a gift to the man she loves. Men rather view love as being in control, beings that are capable of handling their lives and gaining supremacy without assistance (2010). Women therefore are seen as depending on men and must gain power, independence, transcending with the aid of man (2010).
women's lives are individually trivial, and their only strength and/or success can come from banding together" (1). Such assertion construes women through male social law and endorses the masculine value system. But, as illustrated in the ironically-named Trifles, where male calumny proved misfortune as the women used domestic intuition and invisibility to supersede the law in the name of justice, Susan Glaspell shows that during this time period, women held a kind of power. This “power” is delicate and one of the key themes in Trifles. Although critics disagree on how the vastly different gender perceptions within the play are used to portray the theme of women’s power within law and justice, all of their arguments tie back to the fact that the women in the story act as a surrogate for the female society of that time, showing them that they have more power than they realize.
Opposingly, when looking at the earth goddesses, the Furies, whims, superstitions, and feminine undependability are displayed. The fact that the sky gods are logical, rational and looking to progress society, they represent the need for order and public justice, as opposed to the more backward, feud-like revenge established by the furies. They also make a distinction between the sexes. The furies seem to have more feminine traits, having a “shrill wailing,” and other derogatory stereotypes of women for the day. 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.
Though rarely considered, it could be a sudden wise counter-ploy by Leda. Using her new selective precognition, the woman allowed the events to transpire to avenge herself through her offspring who sparked the Trojan War; thus, transitioning the world into modern history where Zeus’ absolute authority is invalidated. Referring to the second stanza, two rhetorical inquiries discuss Leda’s degree of participation in the act. The line “How can those terrified vague fingers…” (Yeats, 1924) affirms her non-existent resistance to the overpowering god’s approach. The succeeding passage “and how can body, laid in that white rush... feel the strange heart beating…” (Yeats, 2014) confirms Leda’s willingness to continue the intercourse.
Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter has been read by many and interpreted in many ways. Hawthorne is one of the most known symbolists in American Literature and a study of his symbols is necessary to understand his novels. According to the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary a symbol is “a letter, group of letters, character or picture that is used instead of a word or group of words.” Hawthorne uses a great amount of symbols to deal with the sanctities of human heart, the consequence of tragic sin and the impossibility of running away from the consequence of sin. In literature an allegory is a story where characters, objects, and events have a hidden meaning and are used to present some universal lesson. Hawthorne has a perfect atmosphere for the symbols in The Scarlet Letter because the Puritans saw the world through allegory.
Both of these writers might seem like they had different ideas, but they both elaborated on new methods that makes one’s work modernistic, making the future bright for their descendants and followers. When reading “Modern Fiction,” I noticed that Woolf explains her way of defining ways to create a good fiction modernistically while she points out what makes a bad fictional writing as well. Being one of England’s famous authors of her time period, between World War I and World War II (Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2nd ed. Vol.
Sophocles who was born around 496 B.C.E - 406 B.C.E was credited with skillfully developing irony as a literary technique. He wrote drama which simultaneously utilized comedy and tragedy; he was one of the first to incorporate both into his plays. Sophocles dramatic plays were influenced by religious and political traditions in the sense that most of his plays came from preexistent religious myth. Euripides on the other hand, born 485 B.C.E - 406 B.C.E was a Sophist, which was a group of people who claim to be able to teach virtue. He used many of his plays to challenge the social norms during his time.
M. H. Abrams says, “ Dramatic monologue is a speech that is written as if spoken by an imagined character, in his or her voice and tone. It is 'dramatic' because it comes from a character created by the author in the manner of that character speaking or thinking out loud. It is a 'monologue' because it comes from one character only. Dramatic monologues are usually complete within themselves and written as prose or poetry, not within the confines of a play or dramatic event.” “My Last Duchess” is a successful Dramatic monologue : Browning’s ‘My last Duchess’ can be considered as a unique model of dramatic monologue. This piece of work of Browning has added a dimension to the world of literature., David Daiches says, “The Whole poem is but the visible part of the iceberg but the submerged invisible part is not a matter of vague suggestiveness; it is both psychologically and historically defined.” The poem is a beautiful study of soul-dissection in its short dramatic form.
Jennifer Hare Professor Penelope Deutscher Philosophy 230 / Gender Studies 233 17 April 2012 Assignment #1, Question 6: The Paradox of Rousseau’s Roles for Women In Rousseau’s Emile, he describes the prescribed roles for women to serve their husbands by remaining appealing and creating a proper familial environment as being based on natural feminine characteristics. However, his argument is inherently paradoxical, because women must artificially feign and amplify these characteristics in order to successfully fulfill their prescribed roles. Rousseau bluntly states his role for women on page 322 by proposing that, “woman is specially made for man’s delight”. His view is that women’s role should be, “to be pleasing in his [man’s] sight…to train him in childhood, to tend him in manhood, to consel and console, to make his life pleasant and happy, these are the duties of woman for all time” (328). Rousseau justifies this role by testifying that, “this is not the law of love, but it is the law of nature, which is older than love itself” (322).