William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, takes an interesting approach to the role of women through his character Katherine. She is a wild and rebellious woman for her time, the complete opposite of the prefect elizabethan housewife. To most men she is undesirable while her sister, the perfect representation of a woman, was wanted by more men than she could ever indulge. Katherine is not the typical elizabethan woman, instead, she is the woman that the other married women in the play strive to be. Shakespeare uses interactions between Katherine and Bianca, as well as conversations between Petruchio and Katherine to express her character.
Ophelia, as the protagonist’s love interest, generally would occupy a role in which the main character would be openly smitten with her. In Hamlet, rather the opposite is true. Ophelia’s character is very obviously in love with Hamlet, however, her father and b... ... middle of paper ... ...in that the most important men in her life expect differing things of her. Therefore, she also finds herself caught in the middle of a male feud. Ophelia and Gertrude’s positions are typical of the positions that women were placed in at the time Shakespeare wrote the play.
Through an elaborate charade of humiliating behavior, Petruchio humbles her and by the end of the play, she will instruct other women on the nature of being a good and dutiful wife. In direct contrast to Shrew, is Twelfth Night, whose main female protagonist is by far the strongest character in the play. The main character Viola, has been stranded in a foreign land and adopts the identity of her brother so that she might live independently without a husband or guardian. She serves as a courtier to a young, lovesick nobleman named Orsino. Throughout the play she plays as a go-between for him to the woman he loves.
The father controls the daughter, she is accepted to do as her father says and what he pleases. A women must always have a man in charge of her, the father picks out her husband to which the future husband will help higher the social status that they have already. Shakespeare uses Hero and Beatrice to demonstrate the dangers of love at first sight vs. the benefits of a relationship based on mutual understating. In the beginning of the play Hero is the women you were expected to be in Shakespeare day, she was loyal and obedient to her father and did what she was told. She fell in love with Claudio at first sight making her innocently in love.
In the tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare there are many different theories to it. One major theory is the Feminist Theory. In the first act of the play the immediately you notice how women control the thinking of men just by a sense of love. This shows when Lear divides his kingdom to his daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia using a “love test” to help him divide his kingdom between his daughters. Goneril and Regan confess their love to be more than anything in the world for their father and they get divisions of Lear’s land.
Shakespeare 's usage of women in his plays has been met with both criticism and praise. Without a doubt Shakespeare has created characters that are full of life and realism which holds true to female and male characters alike. The three women in King Lear, King Lear 's daughters, all have fairly unique personalities from each other. Cordelia is the least like the other sisters being a fairly moral character, while Goneril and Regan are the definite villains of the play (along with Edmund). Even so, Shakespeare does provide a small amount of sympathy for the sisters as King Lear is shown to be a fairly stubborn character himself towards his daughters, especially towards Cordelia who is exiled.
Gertrude lives in the shadow of Claudius’s masculinity, seeing as throughout the play they have many confrontations like these. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” (“In Search of Authority”, p. 193). Claudius desires to marry Gertrude so he may have good fortune as he overtakes the kingdom; therefore, Gertrude is merely objectified throughout the entirety of the play. Likewise, she becomes slightly manipulated by her own son, Hamlet, when he comes to see her about marrying his uncle. Gertrude becomes threatened and fears Hamlet’s wishes as she gives into his demands.
In William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado about Nothing" there are sharp contrasts between Hero and Beatrice in comparison to women during the Shakespearean period. Hero is the typical example of a woman during the Shakespearean period. Hero is depicted in the play as a morally upright woman of good keep, and she seem to be a very loving and warm person in comparison to her cousin Beatrice. However she is made out to be a whore by Claudio at her own expense on her wedding day. Beatrice is the heroine of the play; she possesses a quick wit and a quick tongue.
Despite Ophelia’s weak will, the male characters respond dramatically to her actions, proving that women indeed have a large impact in Hamlet. Her obedience is actually her downfall, because it allows the male characters to control and use her in their schemes. Ophelia’s betrayal ends up putting Hamlet over the edge, motivating him in his quest for revenge. Ophelia is one of the two women in the play. As the daughter of Polonius, she only speaks in the company of several men, or directly to her brother or father.
First of all, Goneril is the eldest and “one of the villainous daughters of King Lear” (Boyce), as she declares her great love for Lear in exchange to a portion of her father’s kingdom. Throughout the play, Lear and Goneril are seen alike by means of the motif of blindness that links them together as a father and daughter. Primarily, Goneril is not literally blind and so does Lear, yet they are blinded by the illusions that flow in their minds. Goneril is blinded over the power and inheritance that Lear gives her and still not contented by plotting against Lear by saying, “Pray you let’s hit to... ... middle of paper ... ... destiny of each holds. Goneril is similar to Lear through the theme of blindness and madness combined together.