Independent Women 11.17.10

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Park 1 Samuel Park Professor Colombo English 102 November 18, 2010 Independent Women There are many women that are successfully displayed as powerful individuals in our society. However, the role of women has been a huge issue throughout the world. Every culture has their own idea of a woman’s role and place. Stereotypical gender roles have evolved over the years reaching gender equality and opportunities. Most people often think that the perfect woman is supposed to be a great mother, have attractive appeals, and be loyal to their husband while serving marital duties. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House as well as William Shakespeare’s Othello , the playwrights use independent female protagonists to reveal the problems concerning false beliefs towards women and their role in society. An important depiction of this theme is that the female protagonists are portrayed as victims of stereotypic gender roles. In developing this theme, the female protagonist of A Doll House, realizes her true identity as an individual and thereby challenges societal norms. Similarly, the female protagonist of Othello adopts a role comparable to man’s superior position. As a result, they both break free from the social bonds of their time. The female protagonists, Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll Hous and Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello , are portrayed as victims of stereotypic gender roles. They were forced to mold into the role of a wife and mother and accept a certain belief system. Therefore, their opportunity is limited to establish their own values. First of all, in the play Othello , male characters establish very specific guidelines to which women must adhere. In the beginning of the theme, in Act I, Brabantio’s speech, Desdemona’s father, exemplifies the law aginst which men judge all the women of the play: “
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Park 2 A maiden never bold; Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion Blush'd at herself; and she- in spite of nature, Of years, of country, credit, everything- To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on! It is a judgment maim'd and most imperfect
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Annwarren during the Spring '08 term at Los Angeles City College.

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