The Story Of Dido, Medea, And Lilith Are No Essay

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Bewitched by the femme fatale’s voluptuous red lips and slim hourglass figure, the unassuming guardsman abandoned his post, as well as all morality and protocol. With the bat of her sensually long eyelashes, the stunning assassin seduced her way past any security the museum had to offer. Her target was seemingly unimportant, but that was irrelevant. She was hired to use her female wiles to cause mayhem and destruction – and that’s exactly what she intended to do.
That lipstick is too sensual, that skirt isn’t the right length, those heels are too high – phrases women have been hearing for decades. But where has this patriarchal obsession with seduction and the fatality of women stemmed from? Our culture is one heavily influenced by literature and story-telling and many stories have a cultural ambition and agenda. The stories of Dido, Medea, and Lilith are no exception. From reading the stories of Dido, Medea, and Lilith, we can identify that the ideological function of these stories was to establish definitive gender roles, limit female influence, as well as solidify a patriarchal society.
Since the days of Eve – and even before that, there has been an intense emphasis on gender roles.
Gender roles were first established, according to Graves’s record of the story of Lilith, upon the creation of the demon mistress. “She took offence at the recumbent posture he demanded, ‘Why must I lie beneath you?’ she asked…. Adam tried to compel her obedience by force...”…

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