Essay on Portrayal of Women in King Lear and Ran

1200 Words Oct 19th, 2013 5 Pages
Portrayal of Women in King Lear and Ran Women have a position, characteristics and a role in King Lear and in Ran. These films take place in a time period when geography influenced the portrayal of women. A significant portion of how women were portrayed to the audience in both films is based on the positions women held in the established hierarchy and how their new position in the hierarchy impacted the people around them. The characteristics of female characters display very clearly how women were portrayed. In comparing women in reference to their characteristics there are separate women in each film that portray women to be good or evil. Lastly, the portrayal of women was also shown through the specific role they had in each film. …show more content…
Women have been portrayed to have similar and contrasting characteristics in Ran and in King Lear. In the film Ran the most prominent female figure is Lady Kaede and she exhibits many characteristics. Lady Kaede exhibits cunning, intelligent, vengeful and dissatisfied characteristics. All of Lady Kaede's actions are driven by her desire to avenge her family. She is consistently dissatisfied with the life she is living because Hidetora and Hidetora's family have not suffered for their actions. This drives her to use her cunning and intelligent qualities to avenge her family. (Ran) The portrayal of the prominent female figure in Ran shows similar characteristics with the prominent female figures in King Lear. The two most prominent female figures in Michael Elliott's interpretation of King Lear exhibit characteristics that are similar to those characteristics exhibited by Lady Kaede. Regan and Goneril both exhibit sleek, intelligent and dissatisfied characteristics, but they additionally exhibit lustful and selfish characteristics. Regan and Goneril use their position to diminish their father's power in order to gain full control of the kingdom. This shows the selfish character of both women. (King Lear, Act 2 scene 4 lines 202-288) Also, these women lust for Edmund after they each got married. (King Lear, Act 4 scene 2 lines 11-24) (King Lear, Act

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