The womens role in william shakespeares works

Every male has either a grandmother or a mother, a sister, or a daughter who he knows to be strong, even though she may be wearing clothes that signify her submissive condition, such as head and face covers, whole body coverings etc.

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He comes to suspect her of adultery and ultimately he murders her. Lady Macbeth especially is seen as a conflict between the masculine and feminine.

She seems like a strong woman but psychologically, she is not strong enough to deal with her guilt.

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In most cases, they are socially restricted and unable to explore the world around them without chaperones. She uses her sexuality, she taunts him and mocks his lack of courage. She is disguised as a man throughout, until the end, and is able to organise everyone to fit in with her needs and desires.

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Lady Macbeth especially is seen as a conflict between the masculine and feminine. Cordelia in King Lear The vain and foolish Lear decides to retire as king and give all his lands and money to his three daughters, their portions based on their declarations of how much they love him. Lower-born women were allowed more freedom in their actions precisely because they are seen as less important than higher-born women. In a real sense she exercises power over everyone present. Later, when the other two have cruelly rejected Lear and he lies, defeated and imprisoned in a dungeon, she is with him, also imprisoned — she comforts him and raises him up. Although these heroines free themselves from their fathers, they do not free themselves from male control altogether. For these women, the penalty for their scheming ways is normally death. Shakespeare has been criticized by many modern writers for his portrayal of women. Rosalind As You Like It and Viola Twelfth Night both disguise themselves as men at the beginning of their plays: in their disguises, they have comic and exciting adventures which will most likely come to an end once they take off their disguises. By the time Shakespeare began writing, women had won more freedom to choose their own husbands than they had traditionally enjoyed. Women have always occupied a particular place in society, but they have always found an agency beyond their prescribed role. His very words were likely copied and printed by the hands of women, and he may have even borrowed lines from a female playwright or two who could not publish under their own name. Her education allowed her to explore the works of the most celebrated authors, but one who she had a long and complicated relationship with was the Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare.

Although these heroines free themselves from their fathers, they do not free themselves from male control altogether. In this body of work, associate professor at the University of Portland, Amy Greenstadt presents a compelling argument exploring William Shakespeare's precise use of words in his poem "The Rape of Lucrece.

By the time Shakespeare began writing, women had won more freedom to choose their own husbands than they had traditionally enjoyed.

The Merchant of Venice offers a slightly more optimistic ending.

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Shakespeare's evolving attitudes towards women