The Winter's Tale Character Comparison Essay

Good Essays
Who was stronger? What are the differences between a superhero and a villain? Both have power, ingenuity, purpose, and dedication to their cause. But what makes them different? One may be stronger, causing him to win, however it is their character that makes them who they are. Their character is what defines them and makes a statement declaring whether they will be the hero of the story or the villain. In looking at The Winter’s Tale, we wonder who is the stronger woman—stronger in the sense of “having strength of character or will”, and not physical strength (Webster’s New World Dictionary, 1329). The two main woman characters in The Winter’s Tale were Hermione, (the Queen) and Paulina (the wife of a Lord). In The Winter’s Tale, King Leontes …show more content…
Just as Ester went to face King Ahasuerus even though the reality of her situation was dangerous and difficult, Paulina confronted King Leontes with the truth—knowing the reality of her situation. Esther was very courageous, she was determined that, against all odds, she would face the King to save her people. “I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16 English Standard Version). Paulina was courageous in the same way, she was breaking the law by disobeying the King, but she knew that she needed to save the Queen and the baby. Because the society that Paulina lived in was male dominated , woman were not highly valued. The men in the Renaissance believed that woman were too weak to think on their own or make their own decisions. So a woman’s opinion would not have been highly valued. Also, the King held great authority—he had the power to cast Paulina in prison, banish her, or even kill her. If the King threw his own wife in prison, would he do any less to someone of much lower status like Paulina? Even with all these odds against her, Paulina courageously spoke to the King on behalf of Hermione because she cared more about the Queen than herself. When Paulina confronted the king, she was met with great opposition. The Lords wouldn’t even allow her to enter the room (The Winter’s Tale 2.3.24). But she did not obey them. Even her husband ordered her to be silent. …show more content…
After visiting Hermione in prison, she decided, “[I will] undertake to be her advocate to th’ loud’st.” (2.2.38) Paulina was not only Hermione’s advocate, but she would do it passionately and to the best of her ability. Paulina defended the Queen to King Leontes many times— publicly in court, and privately. Another way Paulina showed dedication was the fact that she faithfully provided food, shelter, and care for Hermione year after year until the Queen’s lost daughter came back home to Sicilia—sixteen years later. Throughout the whole tale, Paulina remained constant and dedicated to her friend, the Queen. When the King tossed the Queen into prison, Paulina visited her. When the Queen was in court for her trial, Paulina defended her. When the Queen fainted, Paulina attended to her. During the entire sixteen years, Paulina faithfully ministered to Hermione until she was reunited with her husband. Paulina was dedicated to the Queen and her wellbeing higher than she regarded her own

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she exposes that women’s personal growth was hinder by male domination in society and even more so in marriage. This was because at that time the thought was men knew what was right and women did not because men knew better than women. This led to many misunderstanding and problem women had in society and in their marriage. One problem had to do with how to treat depression and the idea of the rest cure. For women it was because they were trap by male authority and were not being heard.…

    • 1219 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The society also looks at Gertrude as a guilty woman because she did not stand with her son when he was in need of his mother' support. According to GÜNENÇ says, "Her society makes many interpretations about Gertrude without needing to ask Gertrude herself." (170) Thus, the society also oppressed women at that time without asking them to defend themselves because people, especially men, look at women as guilty, and they refer every problem to women. We noticed how Gertrude obeyed her husband in many situations. First, in Act2 the queen agrees with the king's doing which is asking Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, Hamlet's friends, to spy on Hamlet to Know if Hamlet is mad or not.…

    • 1143 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Back to my country I remember an expression that I can attach to Trifles “the women did not have neither voice nor vote” but a strong force to cover each with the other. In that society was hard for the men believe in any women’s words. Women did not have the opportunity to choose or to make an opinion but “women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell, p.982) which tells me that they were able to see things that men cannot see. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale knew that their conclusion will not be believable for their respective husbands for that reason they decided to cover Mrs. Wright. What she did to her husband was the same to what she did to the bird, but the women in the play understood why Mrs. Wright did that and they agreed to her.…

    • 1922 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Hermia comes out as a strong lady, one who knows exactly what she wants for herself and with a will to do anything to achieve it. She is seen as playing the role of a mature person who can bring change in her society. Her feistiness makes Hermia’s spirit described as a vixen and shrewd. One example of her ambitious character is when her father insists that she marry Demetrius. She knows that he not the right person for her and hence plana to escape with the love of her life.…

    • 1581 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    She provoked and faced a hostile crowd which, in my opinion, caused their family in danger. Her dedication to revolutionize was dauntless where she was willing to risk her life, and potentially her family, to danger in exchange for freedom of speech and gender equality. Overall, the book has a powerful message and…

    • 758 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The quote shows the cruelty of how the taliban were striking Laila every time she goes to the orphanage and the enormous pain she had received from them without fighting back. Laila again prove some of her heroine characteristics, as that what heroines do tolerate and suffice other needs as hard as it takes them to do so and most importantly without thinking twice. On the other hand, Mariam shows her endurance since she was a little kid, because that is the one thing her mom always tried to teach her.…

    • 1032 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Margaret’s mother died after the birth of her last child. Sanger assured to fortify women with knowledge about contraception and soon got in trouble with the law because of Comstock act (McBride 153). Formerly a nurse, Sanger had a rough childhood because of the loss of her mother. Because of this, it lead to her discoveries of the making of this pill. Margaret Sanger went through many years of hard work and dedication make this pill and have it legal for women to take.…

    • 1777 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Alice Walker echoes this idea by talking about how the stories she writes are her mother’s stories. Alice explains that “through years of listening to my mother’s stories of her life, I have absorbed not only the stories themselves, but something of the matter in which she spoke, something of the urgency that involves the knowledge that her stories-like her life-must be recorded” (Walker 240). Ursa sang about those horrors and tried to “explain it,…

    • 841 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    There is a long scene about the conversation between Piper and her counselor, Mr. Healy, in their first meet. They talk about how she is sentenced and Mr. Healy gives her some advice to survive in prison. Indeed, this happens in real prisons. The inmates are provided with counselors (Junior, 2013). In this way, the female prisoners can have someone to talk with, to share feelings about their difficulties and frustration.…

    • 841 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Hermia is treated as property by her father and other men, but is defiant and rebellious. She refuses to follow her father’s will which sets her apart from other women in her society. Titania is easily manipulated by Oberon after her rebellious acts against him. Titania refuses to hand over the changeling child so Oberon uses a spell to get want her wants. Titania rebels against her husband, but gets manipulated easily showing her feminine weakness.…

    • 1673 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays