Masculinity : Masculinity And Masculinity

1520 Words Feb 10th, 2016 7 Pages
To read Babio without recognizing the gender politics at work in the play would disregard much of how the play itself creates meaning. So much of the play’s plot and character dynamics are related to the way gender functions in this play. One major theme of Babio is the idea of masculinity and how masculinity is defined. Through the portrayal of Babio as an effeminate character, Babio is able to define masculinity through absences in Babio’s Character. Consequently, Babio makes the additional point that lovesickness is not an intrinsic aspect of medieval masculinity, despite the fact that love sickness is often attributed to men. Babio’s titular is portrayed as feminine and lacks traits that traditionally define masculinity. One such trait is rationality and control of one’s emotions. Instead, Babio is portrayed as being overly emotional and lacking in any sort of capacity for reason or common sense. Babio’s melodramatic and expressive nature is immediately evident in the play; Babio’s opening lines express grief that is beyond reason. The play opens with Babio saying, “I’m tormented by grief. Indoors, outdoors, / it’s always the same. If I grieve any more I shall not be able to bare it,” (77, ll. 1-3). In beginning the play with these lines, the not only centers the plot on Babio and his lovesickness, but also emphasizes his emotional nature—which ultimately drives much of the action of the play. Since Babio is not able to bare his grief, he is unable to gain control over…
Open Document