On the other hand, when Juliet was in desperate need for help, the Nurse didn’t do her very much good. Juliet’s parents were both disappointed in her and threatening to disown her because she refused to marry Count Paris. When she confronted the Nurse for help and advice, the Nurse told her that she should break the law and marry a second man. More than that, she wasn’t concerned with Juliet’s true feelings but rather with the fact that she may lose her job if Juliet continues to refuse. If she had done what was in Juliet’s best interest, she would have looked into the situation more and realized that forcing her into a marriage could have dire
She simply will not let the matter rest and it is her persistence that allows Mariane to realize that she does not and should not have to marry Tartuffe when she is in love with another man. Dorine and Mariane are examples of strong women that defy societal norms and become stronger individuals because of it. They challenge what is simply accepted by other women and demonstrate that women do have voices and deserve to be heard. This inparticluar is something I really enjoyed while reading this play. the entire play represents a clash of reason and feelings.
Even just classifying these men like this is kinda crazy. She launches her argument against those who might claim that a once-widowed woman ought to become a nun. The Wife's argument moves on to be a defense of marriage, period. She insists that though those who choose to marry might not be as spiritually perfect as people who remain chaste all their lives, they are still fulfilling God's commandments. The major feature of marriage, for the Wife, is the marriage debt, or sex, which seems to be why she's so strongly in favor of marriage.
Analysis: Lady Capulet is a very forceful mother. Much like Romeo, Lady Capulet is not practical and uses literary devices to express her feelings. Lady Capulet is very manipulative as well when it comes to her children. It is expected that Lady Capulet would still make Juliet marry Paris even if she didn’t want to. William Shakespeare compares Paris to a book because Lady Capulet thinks he is interesting.
Coriolanus by Shakespeare Although she barely speaks, Virgilia is the most important character in Coriolanus. Virgilia is integral to Coriolanus particularly in her role as foil to Volumnia. Virgilia is the wife of a Coriolanus who is a warrior in Rome. In contrast to his mother-in-law, Volumnia who values war and is made happy by his son’s involvement in the war, Virgilia does not encourage war for his husband. This shows that Virgilia is a woman of peace and does not value battle between the people.
At the beginning of the play we are made aware of his undying love for Desdemona, telling the Duke that ‘I loved her’ (1/3/168). At this point in the play it is inconceivable that Othello could knowingly murder his wife; however Shakespeare develops the character of Desdemona through Iago to deceive Othello into action against his wife. <<Quote for this?>> Shakespeare highlights the importance of Desdemona as he does not have her hidden in the wings when other characters such as Othello or Iago are taking centre stage. Perhaps not to the extent of Juliet in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ or Cleopatra in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’; however she is present when major events occur so that we the audience can see how these events impact her and her character, we share her feelings and emotions and in doing so gain a better understanding of her as a dynamic character rather than a flat construct. Desdemona herself also undergoes growth, she starts off as being a confident young women, but then she takes this confidence too far changing instead to traits of firmness and insistence, she peaks here though and then falls into a forgiving and passive mindset, so much so that when asked who had murdered her she replies ‘Nobody.
Evidently Lady Bracknell values society and its values, saying, “Never speak disrespectfully of Society,” but she goes totally against these values by playing the role of her husband in her daughter’s life (hypocritical). In addition, the conversation between Lady Bracknell and Jack is controlled completely by Lady Bracknell. She is asking all the questions – in charge of the flow of the conversation – she is pushing/forcing everything she wants to know out of him. Evidence for this is ‘Mr Worthing! Rise, sir…’ this supports my statement above and conveys to the audience the power (authority) Lady Bracknell possesses over Jack.
Your place in society was extremely important and made a huge impact on who you married. Upper and lower classes were not to be mixed and if done so, you were looked down upon. This concept is shown when Lady Bracknell interviews John before allowing her daughter, Gwendolen, to be with him. She has no interest in approving of John until she finds out that he is in fact from a very wealthy background. Wilde also does a good job of mocking the way men and women think of each other.
The book is written for modern Americans, and modern Americans would find it in severe distaste to see a girl being blindly obedient to her father even when what he asks of her goes against her own wishes. Modern Americans want to see a strong female character that fights the norms to do what she wants. This is something that is highly valued in modern American culture. For instance, the suffragettes are highly respected historical figures because although it went against all cultural norms, they fought for what they believed in. Similarly, Birdy fights for what she believes in; the right to pick who she marries: I saw Shaggy Beard’s messengers in the yard, talking solemnly to each other.
Her daughter was the responsible one, always looking after he mother instead of going off in search of adventure. Mrs. Slade a very self-serving person, if something did not benefit her then it was of no use. She enjoyed being the center of attention. She enjoyed the impromptu entertaining and the travel. She loved hearing people say “What, that handsome woman with the good clothes and eyes is Mrs. Slade—was the Slade’s wife?