Society helps a person in developing their own sense of identity. We behave the way our society or culture want us to behave. Self concept is the way an individual visualise and see themselves, it is influenced by the forces and factors around us. Literature gives an in depth look into how we are influenced by society, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood shows ….. Likewise, Much Ado About Nothing shows how gender roles
Societies voices and leaders have been predominantly male, they constructed and chose the important roles of women to be silenced and obedient to the males surrounding them. Much Ado About Nothing is a play written by William Shakespeare, the play represents women’s response to the injustice by compliance and obedience with patriarchal ideals. Hero is the representation of a man’s ideal woman, her father Leonato wishes to arrange a marriage between her and Claudio.
Claudio says “Give not this rotten orange to your friend. She’s but the sign and semblance of her honor.!
Her Father states “Do not live, Hero, do not ope thine eyes,For, did I think thou wouldst not quickly die,
Hero states “Nothing certainer. One Hero died defiled, but I do live, And surely as I live, I am a maid.
Hero demonstrates the ease with which the patriarchy could destroy a woman’s character as a result of an injurious misreading. Throughout the slander to her character, Hero faithfully enacts one type of female response to patriarchal authority by maintaining a silent tongue and fulfilling all other aspects of the ideal woman. Research Quote: Literary critic, Cook states: “In the patriarchal system, Hero exists solely as a blank space for men to fill with their own meaning, and they do so by reading her physical features as they would read a text and by assigning meaning based on their interpretations”