The Role of Women in Society Comparison Essay

The Role of Women in Society
A comparison of women's role in society from the perspective of two authors.
# 129226 | 1,246 words | 2 sources | 2010 | GB
Published on Sep 22, 2010 in English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper explains how playwrights often provoke debate about the role of women by presenting strong female characters either positively or negatively. The paper goes on to compare two such characters, one from "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen and "Medea" by Euripedes, and what the women contribute to the work as a whole. The plays are from completely different eras and social contexts therefore opinions of the respective authors differ on the subject of the place of women either at home or in society.

From the Paper:

''The role of women is an issue that has been discussed by many playwrights with varying points of view. However, Medea by Euripides, written in the 5th century BC and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen written in the late 19th century are two of the most famous plays to bring this question to light. Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy in which the eponymous heroine plots her revenge against her traitor of a husband, whereas A Doll's House is a modern drama dealing with the dynamics of a Norwegian married couple; where the main character, Nora, is brutally made aware of her fragile situation, leading to her emancipation.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Doll's House - Methuen Student Editions
  • The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus' - Penguin Classics

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