Frailty - Meghan Jennings Rewrite "Frailty, thy name is...

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Meghan Jennings Rewrite “Frailty, thy name is woman!” These immortal words ring true throughout volume upon volume of literature as countless “heroines” and secondary female roles in novels are portrayed in this light. As far back as Euripides’ Madea , the role of women is constantly in limbo of being forgotten, ignored, or persecuted. Perhaps Euripides, though, sought to change this cycle from the start. His work, written years before Christ (B.C.), is more than the typical Greek tragedy; it is a work that attempts to not scratch but plunge into the surface of the realm of women. Despite the time period of the writing, societal expectations, the historical of representation of the character of Madea and the accepted “limitations” of a woman, Euripides does much to elucidate the plight of women. In the thousands of years since the writing of Euripides’ Madea , it is safe to say that women’s stock has risen considerably. No longer the domestic servant without legal capability or rights, she has come to stand on almost equal footing as her male counterpart in many areas of life. She is no longer legally held to a subservient role that has henceforth allowed for any true self exploration or revelation. The work of Euripides has, though most likely inadvertently, done much to highlight these now considered inalienable rights. In the play, Madea first argues for the right and security of a home. That she, herself,
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ENWR 110 taught by Professor Weckstein during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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Frailty - Meghan Jennings Rewrite "Frailty, thy name is...

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