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General Statement: Literature Often reflects the time period its taken place or based of off. This allows for those taken in the chosen literature to understand how life was in a different time.
Overview of Main Points: In Hamlet Agamemnon and The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock women are depicted as weak and dependant of men. As the stories progressed specific female characters take on bigger role and show strength and resilience towards the oppression of men.
Thesis Statement: Through the years literature has evolved and been a positive force for social change by evolving the roles women play.
In ancient times women were seen as lesser people compared to men. This misconception was so bad it even invaded the theater, as men were often used to portray women in plays. Sadly this misconception of women still exist in some parts of the world but not to the degree as it was depicted in Agamemnon. By Exploring Hamlet, Agamemnon and The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock it becomes evident how things like plays are impacted by cultural norms.
The female characters on the other hand female were depicted and strong and independent.
Cassandra one of the lead female characters of Agamemnon was portrayed as a weak female and was not highly regarded by male characters of the story. In Purflock males were not seen as strong leaders as they were deprived of their masculinity. This means purflock went against the grain when it comes to cultural norms.
Transition Sentence The views and opinions of women have certainly changed since ancient times and the literature pieces I will be covering certainly prove that point, as this paper progress you will have a better picture of just how women were portrayed.
To understand the evolution of women in literature you first must become educated and understand the antipathy and distrust that was directed towards women in literature.
In the play Agamemnon the predominantly negative view of women by men was perfectly portrayed. It gave the reader/ viewer a better understanding of the divide that existed. Hamlet had tension with his mother fueled by her decision to Marry his uncle. Hamlet often had negative and demeaning things to say about women, an example is when he referred to women as “Frailty” which is him describing women as weak. Finally Prufrock’s rarely showed his negative views of women often choosing to keep them to himself but there was one instance where he had a outburst referring to a conversation between women as “talking of Michelangelo”
Transition Sentence To understand the subtle hints of prejudice and negative behaviors towards women I these plays you must understand the environment and culture of which these plays are portraying. As those cultures and environmental factors are often portrayed in plays.
These three plays depict well how the world perceived women and the defiance towards them, It achieved this by the way women characters were portrayed in the stories and how they interacted with their male counterparts.
Agamemnon perfectly depicted defiance towards female characters, this is evident from the plays chorus which often gave displeasure to chemestra as it didn’t speak fondly of her. Another sign of defiance was Gertrudes choice not to listen to a female character who advised him not to drink from a poisoned glass. This shows how men in Agamemnon saw females as being significantly lesser than them and that they would go to any means to prove that… unfortunately in this case it was not the right choice on Gertrude’s part.
Transition Sentence In Agamemnon and Purlock There was a change in the tide as in the begins the male characters were portrayed as strong and above women but as the story progressed female characters began to gain more strength and independence. Males, on the other hand, their “male strength” and prestige began to lessen.
Lastly, the view of male characters and how they’re depicted has slowly changed over time from strong & courageous to the indecisive and the weak
In agamemnon Clytemnestra slowly chipped away at Agamemnon with recording dialogue. This as a result had a influence on Agamemnon, ultimately causing him to commit a act of hubris. In “The lovesong of prufrock” prufrock himself realized how the female characters were indifferent to him which ultimately depicts women as obedient and having a passive nature. Finally the two main protagonist of Hamlet and Agamemnon were in compasion very different Agamemnon was a warrior always ready for battle. Along with that Agamemnon had a very prestigious reputation something Hamlet didn’t have. Hamlet was portrayed as much weaker and indecisive.
Transition Sentence A ongoing decline of characters and their stature was evident in Agamemnon and in prufrock gradually becoming weaker as a male character.
Opening Sequence: In Conclusion the war between male and female characters and how they were portrayed in literature and plays changed over time
Thesis restated: Through the years literature has evolved and been a positive force for social change by evolving the roles women play.
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Final Sentence: In conclusion, it is evident that the literature directly depicts the culture of the world that it is based on, this allows those views in future times to understand how life was before.