Much Ado About Nothing Essay | Identifying Patriarchy in European Literature

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Identifying Patriarchy in European Literature

Summary: An essay on Sophocles' Antigone, Austen's Northanger Abbey, Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The presence of strong patriarchal characters in the texts solidifies the argument that a general patriarchal force, in fact, exists. This essay identifies the patriarchal tendencies in the European mores, and describes the feminine struggles with it.
Benjamin Visscher Hole IV

An Essay: On Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

W KOINON autadelfon Ismhnhs kara, ar oisq o ti Zeus twn ap Oidipou kakwn opoion ouci nwn eti zwsain telei; (Sophocles I.i. 1-3)

Antigone asks Ismene, her sister, if she recognizes how Zeus fulfills them as they live the curse of Oedipus. Although this idea of fulfillment manifests itself specifically in the tragedy of Ismene's and Antigone's radical behavior, the myth also serves as an archetypical model of a woman's position in society, and its patriarchal elements. The influence of Oedipus' curse over his daughters, whether mythological or directly familial, lingers in the ethos of psycho-sexualized European mores. Culturally, this notion characterizes masculinity as being `large and in charge,' the provider and protector; thus, femininity necessarily involves a certain subservience. Such...

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