A Patriarchal Society, A Modern Day Rendition Of Medieval Society

1248 Words Jan 18th, 2016 5 Pages
In a patriarchal society, women lie at the bottom of the social hierarchy. A patriarchy judges women for their beauty and innocence rather than merit and intelligence. Throughout the twenty-four books of The Odyssey as well as Game of Thrones, a modern day rendition of medieval society written by George. R. R. Martin, women struggle for power in society. In these societies, in order to be accepted and respected, women need to submit to society. Most of the women in these two plots are mothers and seductresses. In the Odyssey, Penelope plays the role of the mother, innocent to all and caring, on the other hand, the Ithacan maids, unloyal to to Odysseus, play the non loyal servants. Circe: the goddess of magic is the seductress. Convincing unsuspecting men into her household, only to experience physical transformations. In Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister, the oldest daughter of Tywin Lannister, represents the mother figure; sincere and lovely, while at the same time sinister. The seductress in this book is Shae, A physical embodiment of sex: young, witty, and even her name “Shae” rolls off the tongue, insinuating something withheld and sexy.
The goal of men is to be powerful. To achieve this they need complete control of all elements of life around them, especially women. Men do not just want to control their women; they want to guide their movements, influence their thoughts. These ideals are only functional when the woman is submissive. Usually these women happen to be…

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