Women were seen as a lower rank than men and so that’s why the Duchess being the strong and powerful main character is significant. She is shown taking control in Act 1, Scene 1 when she is with Antonio. It is during the marriage scene and she says, “I did vow never to part with it, But to my second husband”. This could show Webster as a feminist because she is the one doing the chasing after Antonio and all of the work to get him to marry her, rather than him doing it, like the typical man would. She is also being very forward and confident and Webster has made her the most important person in the scene.
She shows that she has the ability to justify her reasoning to break the law, ‘To do him honour in the world below’ and believes that the laws of religion are more important than the law of her land. This rebellious attitude is completely contrasted by her sister, Ismene, who has accepted her role as a woman, ‘remember too that we are woman, not made to fight with men’. Her loyalties are not necessarily against her sister, but she understands the consequences that will happen when the law is broken. However, she displays great bravery later on by attempting to defend her sister. The last woman in this text is Creon’s wife, Queen Eurydice.
The drama reflects some similarities and differences between Creon and Antigone. The similarity between Antigone and Creon, her uncle and her king, is that both characters have strong wills. As an example, Antigone is so passionate in her act of burying his brother, Polynices’, she is determined to respect the god-given laws regarding the dead in Thebes. Creon is determined to enact and enforce his own man-made law. Antigone and Creon know the consequences of their actions if they fail.
In Sophocles’ and Anouilh’s versions of Antigone, the playwrights have very strict guidelines when portraying their female characters. This portrayal is supported through the reversal of gender roles, as well as stereotypical appearances of women. Through the breaking of gender stereotypes and the failure to abide by gender law, the characters in both versions of Antigone succumb to the temptation of suicide. By examining the characters in each play, it is clear that those who follow gender laws and have pleasing appearances are given choice over their fate, and those that do not must die, their death allowing them to achieve the concept of true beauty. Those that break assigned gender laws will have no choice but to submit to an inevitable death.
While analyzing the reasons of the triggers of The Trojan War, the fact of “woman” cannot escape from the attention of reader. As a result of the beauty competition that had not been mentioned clearly in The Iliad, goddesses took their sides in The Trojan War. As a matter of fact, it is the real reason of The Trojan War which is “love of Helen and Paris”. Homer’s Iliad includes strong female characters with no doubt. For instance, Hera and Athena are respected as the most reputable and powerful women in the book.
Desdemona is Othello’s wife, and she has the biggest role of the women in the play. Roderigo is in love with her, but her father, Brabantio, does not allow Roderigo to marry her. We can conclude from this that at least Desdemona and Emilia are important characters, as they are the wives of the main characters, and Bianca seems to be just a minor character, but in order to find out more about the importance of women in Othello, we have to look at the roles of Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca in the play. Bianca receives Desdemona’s handkerchief from Cassio, and unknowingly makes Othello believe that Desdemona is cheating on him, when she gives the handkerchief back to Cassio, which was Iago’s plan, as he was trying to convince Othello that Desdemona was cheating on him, and this was the thing that made Othello believe him. (Bianca (Othello)) Emilia is the one who finds Desdemona’s handkerchief after she accidentally leaves it, and she gives it to Iago, because he has asked her before to steal the handkerchief.
She controls the major events of the story by manipulating her husband. Shakespeare creates a different type of female character in Othello. Desdemona represents innocence and is a confident and decisive woman. The female characters of these famous plays display strength in women and how that strength leads to a tragic downfall by the end. However, they do so in different character forms and personalities.
By her calling Macbeth “… a coward…” she Eichhorn 2 is forcing him to do what she wants no matter if will permantaly affect her husband. Another example that shows that Lady Macbeth will do anything to get her way was when she said this “as I stand there unsex me here now.”(Act II Scene iii) This part was put in there to show that she
The poet dared to defy the social norm and create a new form of tragedy, one in which characters are used equally throughout regardless of their sex. Through Medea, Euripides has shown that there is so much more to a Greek woman than what had previously been portrayed. As a means of criticizing the treatment of women in Ancient Greece, Euripides places Medea in non-traditional roles, with unconventional characteristics. Euripides’ representation of Medea provides insight into the plight of women in ancient Greece. Between her masculine pride, and her refusal to maintain social norms with the help of her cunning, Medea exemplifies the unspoken voice of the ancient Greek
There is no telling how many women never get to this point -turned away from aspirations to leadership because of the difficulties and cost they anticipate (Lips, 2009). Women face challenges such as stereotype, women’s own fear, and continuous barriers. In contemporary culture of the United States, women are praised for having the right combination of skills for leadership, yielding superior leadership styles and outstanding effectiveness. However, there appears to be widespread recognition that women often come in second to men in competitions to attain leadership positions. Women are still portrayed as suffering disadvantage in access to leadership positions as well as prejudice and resistance when they occupy these roles.