The power of a woman is an inspiring topic that is well recognized across international literature. This is because of the varying influences women continue to generate in societies around the world. The texts, I, Phoolan Devi, an autobiography of India’s bandit queen, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Provoked… a true story, directed by Jag Mundra and the song, “Frozen”, by Within Temptation, all portray the type of power in women, its cause and influence on others. The characters in these texts are representative of the ‘common’ women from our times today through to the Shakespearian times. These texts associate power as a means of having the ability and equality, to create and maintain an influence, on situations and people. The central characters in these texts all occupy similar characteristics, yet the classification of their power is different because of different circumstances, time period and social level these characters emerge from. What type(s) of power are women shown to have in society and how is this level of power portrayed? All texts portray a character’s power as either low or high. The distinction is based on how they manage and influence the situation they come across. The texts studied show that a woman’s low level of power arises from being in fear of others, having limited expectations from society and remaining silent, all of which influence women to create a barrier of communication with the outer society. This barrier reduces their ability to control situations, lead independent and outspoken lives, and defend themselves from harm, resultantly portraying low power. In, I, Phoolan Devi, the village girl, Phoolan, constantly fears of “being caught by someone, because whatever happened, I knew I would be the one who got the blame”. This fear makes her stay within a “safe” distance from her house and stay busy in the house chores from a young age, rather than getting education from the village school....
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