Nicole Rushin final exam essay II

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Nicole Rushin Professor Priya Menon English 2205 Thursday 13, 2010 The portrayal of Women in Thousand and one Night’s”, “Paradise Lost and the “Ramayana”. Ancient texts and mythology have traditionally put women under one of three groups, the maiden, often characterized as the innocent virgin, the mother figure and the wizened old lady. These archetypes are still being used today although they are often modified according to the culture it belongs to. In this paper I will attempt to show the roles women played in “The Thousand and one Night’s”, “Paradise Lost”, and the “Ramayana”. I will give examples of how women were used as sexual objects and how they used this to there advantage to manipulate the men in their lives, I will even attempt to show the power of committed love in the story of the ”Ramayana” The Thousand and One Nights was translated in writing in the 14th century. In the 14th century, women had very little significance in society. Women were the property of men and had very little influence over men. Or did they? A woman’s power came from their sexuality and through it they could control men. Sexuality in The Thousand and One Nights was used by women as a
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