The Main Themes Of Helen By Hilda Doolittle

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I chose the poem "Helen" by Hilda Doolittle because it revolves around the central theme of hate, which the main character receives from her society as a whole. The poem relates to Medea's excerpt because both depict how the main characters are despised by their societies. As well, both emphasize the critical role that gender plays in directing this hate. As a result, they both identify the same stereotype of women trending in society: women are dangerous. The theme, content, and tone of the poem and Medea's excerpt make them relatively comparable.

Although both the excerpt and the poem are similar, yet they are distinct from one another. To be able to indicate to what extent they are similar or contrasting, all elements in the texts, inferred
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Conversely, Medea's tone is one that drives sympathy as it is full of emotions. In comparison, the tone of both texts is considered to be calm, composed, and collective.

Overall, the poem reflects the author's (Hilda Doolittle) perspective which is: that women are depreciated for their inner beauty and are considered as objects by men. This perspective is implied by the way the author lets the speaker describe Helen, who was extraordinarily beautiful, as if she was a spiritless object. Similarly, Medea's excerpt reflects Euripides's view that females were not praised or credited for their strengths and accomplishments. This reveals that the authors of both works shared a similar perspective, which shows their great sympathy towards women. They were
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The poem "Helen" was written in 1924, but its main character, Helen, lives in the same era as Medea. In 431 B.C., women had no rights, they were isolated from public life, and their main role in life was to bear children. They were thought of as mischievous and evil. For instance, Semonides from Samos describes Helen (Zeus' daughter) as a plague, which reflects his view on women in general: "Yet, this is the worst plague Zeus has made, and he has bound us to them with a fetter that cannot be broken. Because of this some have gone to Hades fighting for a woman." This echoes the society's common stereotype about women: women are to be afraid of; they are to be condemned for their strength, beauty, and

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