Female Exclusion Of Shakespeare 's Plays

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anie Osczepinski Female Exclusion in Shakespeare’s Plays If William Shakespeare was alive today, he would most likely be considered a “mennist”. In many of his plays, he included a large number of male characters, but only a handful of female characters. If one were to ask someone on the street what female roles were in Shakespeare plays, only handfull would be easily retrieved for most. Of course, those female roles would be the infamous Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth from Macbeth, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, and possibly Titania from A Midnight’s Summers Dream. Most people cannot think of many more female Shakespearian characters than those few. Although it make sense due to the time period and the fact that only men were allowed to act on stage during Shakespeare’s lifetime, female characters were insignificant even in the plays where their name was in the title of the play. Shakespeare includes a small number of female characters between his plays King Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, and Romeo and Juliet, but only the male characters are given any importance t...

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