This is the part of the story that I disliked. I noticed that women in "Candide" were often terrorized and sexually abused. This made it difficult for me to get to know the female characters especially when compared to the male characters. Between Cunegonde, the old woman, and Paquette, it made it quite obvious for me to sense the dislike of women within the text. This made me question the reasoning behind why Voltaire might have chosen to depict women in this manner.
How does Williams present Blanche’s downfall through the presence of male influences in her life? In the tragedy, the play ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ Blanche acts as a tragic heroine through downfall, throughout the play we see Blanche deteriorate. There are several suggestions to her downfall, some may favour that Blanche’s desire for alcohol, as represented in the title, leads to her downfall. In the first scene Blanche hides from even her sister that she drinks; ‘no, one’s my limit’. Dramatic irony is used as the audience know that this is already her second drink therefore contradicting herself.
And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”(Scene Nine).She seems enraged that her reality is unraveled, that everyone now sees her fantasy for what it is, fantasy. Her lies about her purity, her age, her background, everything is now out in the open to be judged and scrutinized by the public. Blanche DuBois is a tragic figure. She is out of place both geographically and temporally (Scene One). She appears to be trying to remain a ‘young women’ when in fact she is getting old, this results in an unappealing persona.
It is undiluted that Steinbeck omits both a name and a definite identity in his creation of Curley's wife in order to accurately portray her. Like most women, Curley's wife's self-image is largely defined through her relationships with other people. Throughout the novel she struggles with the process of identity development. The reason why she struggles is because she doesn't have many of the key types of relationships women come to know themselves through, namely friendships and working relationships. The few relationships she does maintain, such as her marriage to Curley, are unhealthy and damaging to the frail sense of identity she possesses.
“Who weep for the waste of sturdy hips” (line12) is mentioned in “In the Counselor’s Waiting Room” thus showing that the mothers of the two daughters are criticizing the two girls in the poem. Typically, each gender must be attracted to the opposite sex; but if this is challenged by anyone they are censured and become an outcast in society. Evidently, in the poems mentioned above, being a woman and acting out of societal norms causes others to criticize the individual and condemn them for the choices they have made. Moreover, the literary devices and elements within the poems are quite different. Within “The Silence of Women”, Rosenberg’s diction is effective in that she creates an image and
In this play a womens life was not valubal to men. Other than today women would be killed for breaking a law and it wouldnt be a big deal. In a Midsummer Night's Dream women's sexuality was important. Men would rape women if they pleased to. In a scene of this play Helena was telling Demetrius how she was in love with her.
This hurt that arises within people is characterized by the feeling of unhappiness. This idea is shown in Ann Beattie her short stories “Janus” and “The Burning House” where characters live in concealment in their everyday lives. Beattie believes that living a personal and public life of secrecy will generate unhappiness. This causes characters within Beattie’s stories to find themselves unsatisfied with their lives and their marriages. No character within Beattie’s novels have found marriage the answer to their happiness, and so “secret liaisons abound in Beattie’s fiction supporting characters with intimacy they cannot find in their more public marriages or cohabitations” (Cannon).People are so desperate to be happy in life , they seek other methods to find happiness; they have affairs and live in secret, but in the end they are only left with unhappiness.
The Loss of Subjectivity: Lady Macbeth as Unconscious of Macbeth Among most female characters in Shakespeare’s works, Lady Macbeth, who has been attracting attention and debates for centuries is ambiguous in identity and subjectivity. Her fascination lies in the masks beneath which the evil and good counterparts with the other self restlessly seek to hide or show: she is the dedicated wife, sacrificing her womanliness to help realize her husband’s ambition; she is the “fiend-like queen” (V.viii.35), possessing the cruelty of a man, but is born as a woman. However, it is this mysterious woman that lacks the most fundamental component of her subjectivity, a name. As the only female protagonist in The Tragedy of Macbeth, she does not have a name of her own unlike Ophelia (Hamlet), or Portia (The Merchant of Venice), or Desdemona (Othello). She is the Lady Macbeth: she, lacking subjectivity, is not defined in her own right but a reflection of Macbeth’s mental status.
The short dramatic play, “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell shows us the repression of American women by a male dominated society during the late 1800’s. The protagonist, Minnie Wright, remains unseen throughout the play. Just as women of the playwright’s time were silenced in matters that affected their day-to day lives, Minnie is helpless to defend herself and is instead, defended through the exposure of her circumstances. “Trifles” reminds the audience that women are not to be dismissed as less intelligent or less able and that to unfairly silence them will lead to revolution. Glaspell uses gender conflict, setting, and symbolism to expose the prejudices of society and the solidarity that rebellion inspires.
In the critical essay, Be Bloody, bold and resolute: Tragic Action and Sexual Stereotyping in Macbeth, Carolyn Asp states “Lady Macbeth consciously attempts to reject her feminine sensibility and adopt a male mentality because she perceives that her society equates feminine qualities with weakness” (Be Bloody 2). This stereotype is very popular nowadays as well. Many women are stereotyped as being weaker than men. Lady Macbeth proves this stereotype as the opposite the first time she is introduced in the play. As she reads Macbeth’s letter he has sent her, her mind is already planning ways of gaining more power to become queen.