Aristotle first discussed the concept of catharsis. Elizabethan England was very patriarchal during Shakespeare's period. In his play, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare demonstrates the power relations between men and women in the time period. She summons the absent Macbeth with chiding words: Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round. Prospero is in complete control of Miranda; he has raised her in his image and like most fathers of his day demands respect. As we go through Othello we find that the women characters are presented according to this expectation of the Elizabethan society. Then Eve is created from part of Adam so that, in a sense, he may be considered her parent Pateman 1989, p.
The female slave, combining the subjugated statuses of female and slave, was even more vulnerable, having no protection from physical or sexual abuse. Patriarchal rule justified women's subordination as the natural order because women were thought to be physiologically and psychologically inferior to men. Elizabeth 1 led the Elizabethan era. In act 1 scene 5 Juliet and Romeo meet for the first time in the Capulet party. It did not mean, as if often supposed, that the husband was able to command his wife to do anything he pleased, in other words, be a petty tyrant. Would the antagonist in the play Antigone, be Antigone herself, or is it the character of Creon? Economic and legal liberalization and the spread of women's education also modified women's subjugation in classical times, particularly during the Hellenistic and the later Roman periods.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Ware, Hertfordshire, England: Wordsworth Editions, Ltd. These notes will explore some of the ways in which the female characters are presented in the play. Neither could women inherit their father's titles. This ability to create upheaval increases in accordance with the amount of an individual may hold within the traditional power structure. These women are often drawn to , especially Neopaganism, that provide an alternative to patriarchy. Transformations of Patriarchy in the West, 1500—1900. Mary Dudley, Lady Sidney Women were not allowed to enter the professions i.
This sex, too weak and too long oppressed, is ready to throw off the yoke of a shameful slavery. It implies the boasted male ego. In some cases women could not inherit estates, but women could be heiresses to property, and some women, especially if they were the only child of a great noble man, could be very affluent heiresses indeed. At the beginning of the play Romeo is illustrated as isolated and a character who seems to be wallowing in his 'misery'. A man was considered to be the head of a marriage, and he had the legal right to chastise his wife. Yet male domination and female subordination are salient features of social structure in virtually all societies, regardless of the race, ethnicity, class, or religion of the members.
Many people know the lines to the famous scenes so. Female Norms and the Patriarchal Power Structure in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Always reluctant to spend money, the queen had nonetheless authorized sufficient funds during her reign to maintain a fleet of maneuverable, well-armed fighting ships, to which could be added other vessels from the merchant fleet. Lady Macbeth repudiates her femininity for power: Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! The Montague's son, Romeo and the Capulet's daughter Juliet fall in love with one another, however their love for one another must be concealed as the families would not approve. Theoretical debates over patriarchy, therefore, have important practical implications.
A person could be richer than someone else but if they did not have an equivalent title or social ranking they were not allowed to wear clothes made of the same fabric or even of the same color. The main objective of these laws was to ensure that a specific class structure is maintained. Women were not allowed to act on the public stage or write for the public stage. The old families were catholic, while, the new families were generally protestant. Though some socialist thinkers took Engels's attacks on patriarchy seriously, others did not. In modern patriarchy, some men hold more power and privilege by virtue of the position of authority, and this hierarchy of power and privilege is considered acceptable. For years Elizabeth had cannily played a complex diplomatic game with the rival interests of France and Spain, a game comparable to her domestic manipulation of rival factions.
Children who disagreed with their father's decisions on marriage or other matters could be imprisoned by a , a warrant of arrest signed by the king of France and closed with a seal cachet , ordering their imprisonment without trial until further notice. Such paternalistic households fit well with those envisioned as ideal by the craft guilds and became an essential part of Protestant moral ideology after the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. From the frequent references to apprentices brawling and rioting and attending playhouses, one suspects that the strict rules preventing them from almost any normal enjoyment were often flouted. Emilia suggests that men are brutish and simplistic, unable to control their desires with logical thought. Another was the unintended consequence of the cult of domesticity the notion that the home is a moral haven from the corrupt world of business and politics , which led women to become increasingly involved in church activities and later in moral reform movements such as temperance. This is why Elizabethan time is also known as Shakespearean time. Since when is it decent to see women abandoning the pious cares of their households, the cribs of their children, to come to public places, to harangues in the galleries, at the bar of the Senate? A feminist analysis of the play Othello allows us to judge the different social values and status of women in the Elizabethan society.
In the plays of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles, this mystery exist. Settled agricultural societies where women make an equal or greater contribution to the food supply than men often have female-centered creation myths and include women in public rituals, while the reverse is true in nomadic societies that depend primarily on hunting or herding of animals. During the Jacobean era, there was little exposure for women in terms of job oppourtunities. Her considers her to be a sexual hazard, a strumpet intent on using her body to blind and deceive him. Second, there is considerable debate as to patriarchy's origins.