Additionally, the ineffectiveness of Perdita’s rhetoric furthers Shakespeare’s claim that language does not empower women in the lower-class shepherd’s court. For example, during Perdita and Polixenes’ discussion of flowers, Perdita’s language is unable to persuade Polixenes to agree with her opinions. Perdita states that she “[cares] not/ To get slips of” carnations and gillyvors because they are “nature’s bastards” and are not natural. She continues by asserting that “There is an art which in their piedness shares/ With great creating nature,” explaining her belief that because the flowers are made through crossbreeding, they are unnatural and therefore their beauty is artificial since it is owed equally to nature and the gardener that bred them (IV.4.82-89). However, Polixenes is unconvinced by this claim and instead states that although “nature is made better by no mean,” all means of attempting to improve nature must themselves be natural. Therefore, Polixenes believes, the apparently artificial quality of crossbred flowers “is an art/ That nature makes” and thus “art itself is nature” (IV.4.89-97). Perdita has no response to Polixenes’ view and yields to his argument. This conversation demonstrates that Perdita’s rhetoric in the court of the shepherd is largely unsuccessful and does not empower her or further her opinions in the same manner as the language of Paulina and Hermione does. Overall, Shakespeare conveys his claim that Perdita’s power and influence in the
“The narrator's double-voiced discourse the ironic understatements, asides, hedges, and negations through which she asserts herself against the power of John's voice came for some critics to represent ‘women's language’ or the ‘language of the powerless’” (Lanser 418). Women were not able to freely express themselves and when they did it was seen as unintelligent. This all connects to the image of the woman trapped behind the paper. The woman’s mind is not freed until the end of the story after she has completely peeled the paper from the wall that was keeping the woman, and her soul,
When individuals lack the ability to defend their ideas and personal preferences to others, with confidence they will lose their identity and sense of self as they allow others to control their opinions and thoughts. Ophelia’s lack of confidence in herself solidifies both Laertes and Polonius into occupying a dominant role expected of men in the 16th century. Polonius assures Ophelia that her obedience is the best thing for her, and creates this illusion of himself as a crutch she needs to respond to competing demands. Subsequently, when Ophelia finds herself torn between two loyalties – her love for Hamlet, and her father’s expectations, Polonius sways her to compliance with his ideas. “I shall obey, my lord.” (I, iv, 145 )This complete obedience of her father ultimately eliminates Ophelia’s self-preservation that would ensure her best outcome. It is clear her father’s requests of her are not out of love and concern for Ophelia but for his own issues of vanity and securing his status. This can be seen in misalignments in Polonius’ claims, and the condescension in his words to Ophelia. As Laertes prepares to leave, Polonius grants him with advice, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” (I, iii, 84). He contradicts
“Equality, the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.” Such a simple concept, yet women throughout the decades have fought for such a basic rights. Venus Williams, Sojourner Truth, and Shirley Chisholm are women ranging from the late 1800s to the early 2000s who fight for women’s rights. These three women had speeches and articles that show their views of women’s rights. These articles and speeches are “Wimbledon Has Sent Me a Message: I’m Only a Second-Class Champion” by Venus Williams, “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth, and “Equal Rights for Women” by Shirley Chisholm. Logos, pathos, and ethos are part of the variety of persuasive appeals shown throughout the arguments. In Truth, Chisholm, and Williams’s arguments each draw more heavily on a different rhetorical strategy: pathos, logos, ethos.
Language is common in the world it is the way humans communicate and relate to things with one another.Language is a powerful tool in the world because it can give power to people and can be used to manipulate through renaming people,stereotyping a person and using a euphemistic approach in addressing a person.
Proving Loyalty In William Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar, the uses of rhetorical questions, repetition, and anaphora help the character of Portia become persuasive and convincing. Anaphora is used to show Brutus that Portia knows the circumstances of the situation, but she still wants to know what Brutus is keeping from her. Making her first case as to why Brutus should tell her what is troubling him, Portia uses anaphora saying, “I grand I am a woman; but withal A woman that Lord Brutus too wife: I grant I am a woman; but withal A woman well-reputed, Cato's daughter” (71). By using the anaphora, Portia conveys a new message to Brutus that she is to be respected, and brings a new tone to her message.
In the Spanish debate about women, male defenders were demonstrating what they as the authors described as honorable and chivalrous behavior. While most defenses utilized the same rhetoric used to defame women, they focused on glorifying women. The authors of various defenses targeted writers such as Giovanni Boccaccio on the dualities of defamation and defense, along with other defamers like Pere Torrellas who wrote an apology after writing his diatribe. I propose that the rhetoric in defenses of women became a catalyst for those who were eager to equate behavior with religion. They used this duplicitous behavior as justification for defining what "good Christian behavior" should be and justified assigning nobility only to members of chivalry
Nature, in this piece, signifies the material universe as God created it, along with human impulse. Like a woman’s body, nature should be left in its pure, unviolated form. Since Lady personifies nature, she asserts that humans should not use her provisions in excessive, self-indulgent ways, like sex for the sole purpose of pleasure. She celebrates righteousness and condemns vice, praises morality and convicts evil. Lady states, “I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,/ And virtue has no tongue to check her pride/ Imposter for not charge most innocent nature/ As if she would her children should be riotous” (Milton 67). John Milton’s choice of diction strategically charges Comus by using the word ‘imposter’, which implies that he is both evil and fraudulent. Additionally, ‘pride’ is regarded as a vice that leads to self-indulgence, self-centeredness, and turning away from God. By using the word ‘bolt’, which means to ‘blurt out hastily’, Milton indicates that evil is often loudmouthed, talkative, and utters more words of persuasion than the good. Through this quote, Lady defends nature by expressing her distaste with a personified evil that wishes to violate innocence and makes hasty arguments in the absence of
In the dank of dawn, Brutus paces his orchards, wrestling between the love and trepidation he bears towards Caesar, and sensing this restlessness, Portia confronts him about this unusual behavior. Quickly disposing of his meager replies of ill health, Portia shows the absolute absurdity of his logic, for Brutus would only further his sickness should he “steal out of his wholesome bed, to dare the vile contagion of the night and tempt the rheumy and unpurged air” (2.2). This clearly evinces Portia competence with regard to logic as she slowly draw Brutus out by first disproving the small and seemingly insignificant arguments. Furthermore, Portia entreats the love and sentiments of Brutus, charming him by her “once-commended beauty” and by all his “vows of love and that great vow which did incorporate and make them one”
The message behind the piece “Equality” is about gender equality in the workplace. The image on the poster illustrates two hands holding each other as if shaking hands. This represents how both genders coexist and face no discrimination in the work environment. It also represents how genders both work alike and agree on being equal in the workplace. The rhetorical device “Corrective Measures” is incorporated into the piece by proposing to eliminate gender inequality and introduce gender equality.
In many circles of the world, various groups of people distinguish themselves from one another through religion, language, culture, and sometimes gender. People also develop stereotypes about a particular group of people in order to identify them. However, most of the time, these stereotypes hold true for only some members of a group. Sometimes, these stereotypes are just plain misconceptions that do not even apply to the group it claims to. Stereotypes are placed on people because it is a way to easily identify what type of person or ethnicity an individual is. At one point in time, these stereotypes may have been true; however, in today’s modern society, most of these stereotypes are outdated and false, which leads them to turn into
The data on Table 1 shows that the men in the meeting had more turns but there was an exception (woman D) and the men in the meeting generally spoke for longer per turn but again there was an exception (woman B). Additionally men also interrupted more (except for man E), and men were interrupted more except Man E and Man I, therefore there is no significant pattern in terms of which gender was interrupted more.
The definition of gender roles is a set of societal norms dictating what types of behavior is generally considered acceptable based on the gender of a person. Additionally, if you don’t seem to accept this standard, there can be huge consequences. For example, in India, women are viewed as a burden and a “extra mouth to feed.” Her status promotes the idea that men can treat them in a subdued manner. If they don’t comply to these requirements, then a woman is murdered by her husband or his family by being set alight by a flammable liquid, which is usually known as bride burning. Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also uncovers the harsh inequality of women. Gender roles shouldn’t be real and they were forced on us by society.
Throughout the duration of King Lear, there is a reoccurrence of the words “nature”, “natural”, and “unnatural”. Nature, in general, takes on a significant role in one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. The metaphorical subject of nature plays out as a backdrop in King Lear. The figurative nature of Lear’s conflict with his undeserving daughters parallels that of the literal raging storm he faces as he is thrown out of both daughter’s homes. Each of the characters, Lear, Edmund, and Gloucester, at some point in the story call on nature in some form or another.
In The Winter’s Tale, the fate and happiness of women lie with men, however, men can only gain lineage, and subsequent power, through the female act of birth ‘‘No barricado for a belly’’(1.2.205). The only element a man cannot control in a woman is the most important to him, her fidelity. Hermione, Paulina, and even his lost daughter Perdita, represent the role women played in a male-centric society, but in vastly different ways. The King devalues Hermione as Queen, mother, and woman and uses degrading language ‘‘hobbyhorse/ slippery/ flax-wench’’ (1.2.275) to publically humiliate her in his court as judge, jury and executioner. Although a passive, obedient, and willing wife, Leontes only views her as his inferior, not the other half of his monarchy. When he does discriminate against her, Hermione does not wish to upset her husband and only hopes that he will regain control over his emotions ‘‘My life stands in the level of your dreams, Which I’ll lay down’’ (3.2.78), and offer her what she is due to her ‘‘A moiety of the throne’’(3.2.37). At her husband’s request, Hermione’s success of enticing Polixenes to stay at court is her ruination, and she suffers for it. Of the two women in his life, Hermione fails in establishing a balanced relationship with Leontes, and it takes 16 years for Paulina to
Language refers to the method that humans use to communicate either through speech or written. It consists of the use of the word in a structured and conventional way. Language has been referred to as ‘our means of classifying and ordering the world; our means of manipulating reality. In structure and in its use we bring out the world into realisation and if it is inherently inaccurate, then we are misled. (Dale Spender, 1980).Language has power that allows us to make sense out of the reality we live in. Sexism is discrimination of a person based on their gender, especially on women. Sexism in language is the use of language which devalues members on one sex, almost always women, showing gender inequality. In the 1960/70’s there was a