The women treatment in various literature works extensively conformsto the distinctive qualities of the role of a woman in the society.However, many writers embrace characters, which remain undermined bysociety as well as the central male protagonists. On the other hand,writers conceivably more unreservedly, also express the qualitiesvaried qualities of female with regard to family and the society. Onthe same note, writers often have specific aspects that they try toshow in there literature works. This is normally represented by theirthemes in their work for instance honor, reputation, and dignity.This paper focuses on the treatment of women in A Doll House byHenrik Ibsen Othello by William Shakespeare and Sweatby Zora Neal Hurston literatures. In addition, it elaborates on thethemes of honor and reputation in the former two literatures andBattle Royal by Ralf Ellison.
Treatment ofwoman in a Doll House by Henrik Ibsen Othelloby William Shakespeare and Sweat by Zora NealHurston
The text makes some hints concerning the treatment of women in thesociety at the time. The presentation of Ibsen’s text shows beliefsof the author concerning feminism, gender equality, as well associetal roles. In this text, women are treated as dolls. Forinstance, Nora Helmer, the main character in the text is entangledwithin the “dollhouse”. Her husband, Torvald, always thinks thather wife is careless as well as childlike and repeatedly calls herhis doll. In Act 1 page eight, just at the beginning of the text,“Helmer: (calls out from his room). Is that my little larktwittering out there?” (Ibsen, Act 1, p.8). With this statement, hewas referred to Nora, the wife after she had attended to a porter. Onthe other hand, Nora’s unique relationship with Torvald appearsquite loving at the beginning. It is evident that Nora loved him, andthis is because she is a woman, and she has no option. The husbanddoes not give her a chance to prosper on her own.
Regarding Shakespearean text, women are taken as unfaithful inmarriage. Emilia and Desdemona are unjustly blamed forunfaithfulness, and their cruel husbands kill both of them. Thisshows the male jealousness as well as cruelty to women. The women inthe play are viewed as promiscuous. Othello is by far convinced thatthe wife is cheating on him as a result, he considers enfeebled anddisgraced (53-57). This is also seen in Zora Neal Hurston’s textSweat, where the author did not find marriage pleasant, and the womenare regarded as real when they cheat on their husbands. Moreover,they use their sexuality to run after men, as well as they adore ahealthy sexual life (70). On the other hand, unmarried women areregarded as their father’s property. This is proved by Othello’sstatement, “…send for the lady to the Sagittary, and let herspeak of me before her father. If you do find me foul in herreport…,” (Act 1, Scene 3, p.54).
The themes ofhonor/reputation/dignity in A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen Othello byWilliam Shakespeare and Battle Royal by Ralf Ellison
Torvald’s behavior is motivated by honor. For instance, at thebeginning of the play he bids for the firing of Mr. Krogstad as aninstance of the significance of the honor. However, at the time hediscovers his wife’s fault, the first concern remains for hishonor. With this regard, he refuses to appreciate the wife’ssacrifice because he can merely concentrate on the picture thesociety will view the dignity of the family (shame). Torvald valueshis honor than his family and love. On the other hand, reputation isseen when Torvald considers Krogstad culpable of forgery as well asholds him answerable for not coming clear the matter (Act 1).
Honor and reputation is almost certainly the main subject in Othello.Honor is with individual morals and values. Reputation remains merelywhatever people think about you. In the text, Iago remains an idealinstance for the honor and reputation. With this regard, he has amagnificent reputation, other than no true honor. On the same note,he is deemed as a friend who actually cannot care about his honor.For instance, Othello states "…Iago is most honest…,"(Act II, p.41). In addition, Cassio refers to him as "…honestIago…," (p. 52). These quotes reveal Iago`s good reputation.
Regarding A & P by John Updike, the story tells us of a persontired of his job as well as finds the ideal reason to quit. However,I think sometimes people look for excuses to do something as well asare unconscious that they are capable of doing them with no excuseshowever, for the reason that the individuals prefer doing it as wellas being genuine on their feelings. Dignity in the story is seen whenthe boy wants to quit the job due to the bikini girls. They really donot have an effect him or have an effect on his moral, but he wastired concerning his job, the supermarket as well as he did not knowthe way to quit due to his parents. Ideally, there are regulationsthat individuals have to pursue when they visit some places, and ifthey break them, they remain responsible. At the beginning, theauthor outlines that “…there was nothing between the top of thesuit and the top of her head except just her, this clean bare planeof the top of her chest down from the should bones like a dentedsheet of metal tilted in the light…,” (2). This was describingthe bikini girl.
Indeed, there is a varied treatment of women in the society in aDoll House by Henrik Ibsen Othello by WilliamShakespeare and Sweat by Zora Neal Hurston. Ibsen showsvaried beliefs in relation to gender equality, feminism, as well associetal roles focusing mostly on the main characters: Nora andHelmer. On the other hand, Shakespeare exposes the cruel treatment ofwomen and the view that they are unfaithful. However, Hurston alsoviews this. With regard to the themes of honor and reputation,Ibsen focused on Torvald’s behavior, Shakespeare on Iago, andUpdike on the boy.
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