Female are always integrated as pathetic victim of men for revenge, self indulgence and entertainment since ancient times. Zeus molester and made Leda his sexual victim. Yeats used the words like “staggering girl,” “her helpless breast” and “her loosening thighs” to reflect how pathetic Leda was? Leda was cemented in the circumstances where she was the lady abducted by the god (swan), yet she was unexpected to do that. In Yeats said“her nape caught in his bill,” reflects the situation that leda was forced to get sexually intimate by the swan.
Epikaste was called "that prize"(195) her own son unwittingly married. Some women are known for the deeds of their sons or husbands, but never for a heroic deed of their own, their personalities, and what they do themselves. It seems the only accomplishment women could achieve was being beautiful. Theseus "had no joy of"(195) the princess Ariadne because she died before this was possible. Homer makes it sound as if Ariadne's life was useless because she did not give Theseus pleasure.
There are two things the women of Greece do to obtain their objective. First they refuse to have sex with their husbands until they get what they want, and second they seize the Acropolis so that no funds can be distributed to the armies of Greece. In the end the women get what they want and the war ends. In Homer’s Odyssey Gods are shown exerting tremendous power over humans. They literally shape the destiny of the humans in Homer’s Odyssey.
Many men fell for this and in my opinion she became very powerful in a sense. I believe Cathy was a very selfish character. While reading East of Eden I thought that she might have had mental problems. I was furious that she tried to kill her baby and later on lied about why say tried to do such a thing. Then when she gave birth to her twins sons, she acted as if she did not want them and I believe that Cathy was selfish was because she shot her husband in the shoulder.
** Clearly, Hester’s sin was out in the open for everyone to see. She was not hiding it. But this sin is only apparent to the Puritans. Similar to Mary being pregnant with Jesus, the Puritans continuously insult and ridicule Hester, acting as an antagonist in the story. The only reason of this though is because the women believe Hester may have slept with one of their own husbands.
Hephaestus made Aphrodite a golden girdle, which was a magical belt that would make anyone who wore it irresistible. Hephaestus was always working in his workshop, and so he couldn’t watch over Aphrodite all the time. She was unfaithful to him, and cheated on him with a lot of the Gods. Hephaestus was ignorant of the infidelity because Aphrodite would bathe in the sea and become a virgin again. Aphrodite fell in love with Ares, Hephaestus’s brother.
In many myths involving Aphrodite, it is said that she was vain, ill-tempered and easily offended. She is one of the few Greek gods to be married, but was frequently unfaithful to her husband, Hephaestus. Aphrodite preferred Ares, Adonis, Anchises and more. Even though she was unfaithful to her husband, she was protective of her son, Aeneas. During the Trojan War, Aeneas was hurt and Aphrodite came to help him.
My weaknesses are vindictiveness, vanity, and jealousy. I often misused my powers and punished Zeus’ lovers and children. I also become enraged by others beauty, these things make me jealous. My loyalty has kept me by my lovers side through thick and thin, my jealousness has lead me to many fights but I will always have an amazing story.
She is so intent on fulfilling her desires that Medea kills her own brother and manipulates the death of a king during their flight from Colchis. Medea refuses to let anything stand in the way of her selfish aspirations. In contrast, Dido is the loyal Queen of Carthage who never desired to love again after the death of her husband Sychaeus. She is forced to fall in love with the Trojan warrior Aeneas by the divine orchestrations of gods Juno, Venus and Cupid. Though her new found love intoxicates and causes her to forsake the duties of ruling, this is not by her design.
Religion served as a guideline by which the early Greeks strictly followed. Regardless of the grief, a sacrifice may have imposed upon the mortals, ancient Greeks would have sacrificed anything, including their lives, if required by the deities. During t the wedding of Cassiopeia's lovely daughter, Andromeda, to Perseus, Cassiopeia portrayed her daughter to be more beautiful than Thetis, the goddess of the sea. During the wedding ceremony, a forewarning came that Andromeda was to be sacrificed to the Kraken, the sea monster, in thirty days because of Cassiopeia's boastfulness. Even though Aereceaus loved his daughter, Aereceaus sacrificed his daughter, Danai, and grandson, Perseus to the sea because he wanted to follow the laws of Zeus by not letting any women live with children out of wedlock.