Doran says very frankly that due to Shakespeare?s representation of women, through his plays, it is very clear that he prides himself with excellence in general. Although Doran brings to our attention the importance, and possible disaster, of over emphasizing glorious attributes, the act of which is known as a hyperbole , Shakespearean females, even when denied fancy dialect and metaphors, still are able to expose their virtues of loyalty, honestly, love, and patience in most everything they do. Doran begins his detailed account of specific females with none other than Cordelia, but due to further argument I will pass over his analysis of Lear?s daughter and continue with his depiction of Desdemona. Doran introduces Desdemona by stating, ? [her] virtues are ?
While she is well known because of her theatrical success, her accomplishments in music and literature keep her well known today. Her numerous accomplishments make her a woman that many can aspire to be like and use her as a way to move past other roadblocks within society today. The Gelosi troupe gave Isabella Andreini her start at age 15. They were trained actors who toured doing improvisation and were well known for there physical comedy as well as, flexibility. Andreini created the role of “Isabella” the ingenue who was in love with the idea of being in love and her husband Fernando played Isabella’s love interest Fabio.
Challenging Gender Roles in English Society The age of Shakespeare was characterized by an overwhelming tendency for women to be looked down upon as the inferior gender. Women of the time were expected to be submissive, dutiful, obedient, and predominantly silent. The idea of an independent, out-spoken woman would have challenged all of the societal values of the time. Shakespeare, however, challenged the traditional patriarchal values of his time by introducing powerful and highly influential female characters in some of his most memorable plays. Lady Macbeth and her earlier counterpart, Volumnia, both serve pivotal roles as dominant and commanding mother figures and also challenge the traditional role of the dutiful wife.
On the contrary, women who were foolishly in love happened to be docile and had little to no power or control of their lives. Is this pattern a coincidence? One can say that Shakespeare was nothing but a mere example of an individual whose writing was influenced by his time. In his era he witnessed the reign of Queen Elizabeth who was the head of state and the most powerful person in England during the 16th century. Along with Mary Tudor and Mary Stuart who were strong, independent, and feared by their people.
The similarities that are proven are that the women in the play are under the power of their husbands and loved ones. Desdemona was a woman that had a great amount of pride but was still under Othello’s rule. She was obedient when it came to Othello’s rules and listened to him no matter what. After Othello strikes Desdemona, she showed no remorse and only bowed in his existence. She thought that something was wrong but did not question him further than asking him what she had done to deserve that.
The Queen asks Viola what she loves and Viola responds, ?I love the theatre and I love poetry above all.?(Shakespeare). The Queen quickly replies ?Above Lord Essex?? then she addresses Lord Wessex ?when you can not find your wife, look for her in the playhouse.? (Shakespeare) Elizabeth knows that she is a w... ... middle of paper ... ...eth was like. They both went beyond their womanly boundaries to prove that woman can do things as well as men, even though their courage cost them their hearts.
McMurtry argues that every woman’s role in the Elizabethan society is understood to be a legal permanent state that is socially correct as wives and mothers. Other critics believe that the role of the queen was to soften King Richard II’s personality for the nobles and commoners opinion of him. Shakespeare gives the queen only a few speaking scenes with limited lines in Acts two, four, and five through-out the play. Also, she is mentioned only a few times by several other of the characters of the play and is in multiple scenes wit... ... middle of paper ... ...uld not be provide through any other character in the play as Martha Andresen-Thom states, “Though forced by sad circumstances that gesturer of trust frees them both…such is the “model” at the heart of this little society.. the ascendant of traditional feminine values” (Thinking About Women And Their Prosperous Art: A Reply To Juliet Dusinberre's Shakespeare And The Nature Of Women, 269-270). Andresen-Thom advises that in the farewell scene Richard is softened and shows emotion to his wife which frees him in the end to take a stand to fight at the end.
Shakespeare gives each of them a sense of power by giving their minds the ability to change words around, use multiple meanings and answer wisely to the men surrounding them. By adding a loving heart to both of these women, Shakespeare makes their intelligence more appealing. Even though Beatrice hides the loving side of her character for most of the play, she still expresses her kindness and love in other ways. Like Portia, she is a dear friend and an obedient daughter. In the fourth act, after Portia has saved the life of Antonio, she uses her wit, just as Beatrice does to test Benedict's love, to convince Bassanio to surrender the ring that he vowed he would never part with.
The Heroine was developed fully in the late 1500s and the early 1600s by William Shakespeare. During the 1700s and the 1800s it was the reign of Queen Victoria and women were starting to get recognized. Most of Shakespeare’s plays and stories were about women. At the time, his works were being read and watched by all. Shakespeare’s women were made with the best virtues, they were always doing what they were supposed to be doing.
The Character of Portia in Merchant of Venice In his Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare wants the reader to admire Portia, arguably the most powerful character in the play. However, it is easy to mistake the word ‘admiration’ to mean simply a liking of someone’s positive virtues. Rather, we should like Portia because of those things that make her a multi-faceted character. Though she can appear to be an “unlessoned girl,” she is also conniving, manipulative, and powerful. Three examples that effectively show her prowess and as a result win our admiration of her occur during the casket, the trial, and the ring scenes.