Male and Female Relationships in Literature
An analysis of the relationship between the male and female characters in the ancient text, "The Medea" by Euripides and the modern text, "A Doll House" by H. Ibsen.
# 102501 | 1,025 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Mar 26, 2008 in Drama and Theater (World) , English (Analysis) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies)
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This paper examines two texts, one ancient, "The Medea" by Euripides and the other modern, "A Doll House" by H. Ibsen. It looks at the roles of the two female characters - Medea in " The Medea" and Nora in "A Doll House" and discusses how the relationships between the male and the female characters reflect the relationship of the colonizer and the colonized. The paper examines what such a relationship entails and argues that this relationship can be changed only under extreme circumstances, which require a drastic action on the part of the colonized.
From the Paper:"Both Medea and Nora have challenged the concept of the passive feminine and the gender roles assigned to men and women within our society. The relationships between the male and the female often resemble the relationship between the colonizers and the colonized. The male/colonizer is active, the female/colonized is passive. The balance of power tips sharply towards the male/colonizer. The female/colonized are often the 'Others'; they are weak, simple creatures that need protection and guardianship, provided by the 'naturally' stronger, dominant male/colonizer. Nora and Medea refused to stay in the roles of the colonized and succeeded in freeing themselves from oppression by taking drastic action. Both however, were punished for it, shunned by the society in which they lived and both lost their children."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Euripides, "The Medea". Trans. R. Warner. The Complete Greek Tragedies: Euripides I. Eds. D. Green & R. Lattimore, University of Chicago Press, 1995, 58MLA-108
- Ibsen, H. "A Doll House". The Harcourt brace Anthology of Drama. Ed. W.B. Worthen. Harcourt Brace Publishing, 1996, 585-610
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