Women’s Role in Ancient Rome Society. Women always have kept the most important part in any societies. Naturally, women have been responsible for the perpetuation of the society, and they also can be seen as the focal point of worship in some ancient religions. However, societies of ancient Rome viewed women differently from some societies of past eras. By examining how men see women, and women see themselves in “Haunted house” by Plateaus, we can see that women was only considered as the secondary gender in ancient Rome societies.
Women characters in the haunted house include Phlegmatic (a girl of joy), Chaps her maid, an old hag), and Delphinium (a girl of joy to Classmates). In the conversation between Phlegmatic, Chaps, and Philosophies, we can see that women always consider themselves as the men’s property in ancient Rome society. Caps says to Phlegmatic: ‘Things unopposed-for come more Often than things hoped. Well, I suppose never will convince you with my words, But learn from my example, what am and what I was: For once was a charming beauty just as you are now And, loved as you are now, was dutiful to just one man.
He loved me, yes, by Pollex, till with time my hair turned grey, Then left me in the lurch. A sigh] I know the same will come to you. ” Base on her conversation, we can see that women in ancient Rome society also sustain themselves to be viewed and treated as property. Caps once had the man who loved, and took care of her; however, she got dumber by him and was back as the slave maid when she got old without any benefits. It have the same meaning in which ancient Rome women just like a toys for their men, and they ordinary throw them away when they lose interesting in them.
Therefore, Plateaus has indicated to audiences how enormous gender inequality ruled made the most affected on women life in ancient Rome wrought Caps situation. In another dimension of views, it seem there are no humanity for women in ancient Rome society. Plateaus used Phlegmatic characters in reference to the lack of humanity for women in ancient Rome. Phlegmatic: “Do look me over, Chaps. Is my costume nice enough? I long to please my darling benefactor Philosophies. This conversation is a mark to the audience because it reflects the reality in which ancient Rome women’s obligations are pleasure their men in every circumstance. Furthermore, Phlegmatic also say: “He freed me – spent such sums to be my single swain. Only think it’s right I stay monogamous to him. ” By using the world “free” and ” spent such sum” directly Plateaus is able to give audience the real picture about Rome society in which money can buy anything including women.
In the end, we can conclude that ancient Rome women had no right Of theirs own because male held absolute power over all female relatives, and it can be seen as the evidence for the lack of humanity for women in ancient Roman Empire. Another element find interesting in Plateaus writing is his use of lower class women characters in reference to the upper class men characters. These characters are written as arrogant upper class men who are put down by their slave women. The haunted house, Caps (Phlegmatic maid, ex prostitute. Told Phlegmatic that Phlegmatic was so stupid because she put her hopes in the man who own her; moreover, Caps also give Phlegmatic an advice that she need to flirt another man when she is still young and beautiful. Caps, the slave, managed to educate the young Phlegmatic the true color of life, showing that even a upper class men is no smarter than the lower class slave women. It is very interesting for the audience because we understand that some ancient Rome Women understand their situation and still find the way to fight for their right.
In conclusion, ‘ ‘The haunted house by Plateaus” can be seen as the vivid picture about the life as women in the ancient Rome society. By using women characters and conversation humor, Plateaus has successfully portrayed the full picture about the ancient Rome society in which women have no rights for themselves, be treated as men’s property, and live in hopeless. In another hand, we can say that the role of women in ancient Rome society was only considered as the secondary gender.