In the play the first type of love that is shown by Shakespeare is aggressive love. In the beginning Sampson and Gregory have a conversation about their foes and how they see women, “ Women, being the weaker vessels”. This gives out a negative attitudes through the characters to the audience as they use strong and offensive language to show that women are more defenceless and more vulnerable than men. This makes Sampson and Gregory very misogynistic but by doing this it creates a really strong dynamic in the audience as some of the audience will not agree that women are weaker and some will. By Shakespeare showing this through the characters it makes him very clever as it makes the beginning of the play very rousing.
Shakespeare uses many different ways to portray the character Beatrice throughout the play ‘Much ado’. Beatrice is an extrovert character and shows that she is not afraid to express her feelings to other characters and the audience. Shakespeare portrays Beatrice as a lady how subverts from the stereotypical behaviour that is expected of her. In act one, scene one you see what and outgoing, self-assured and vociferous character Beatrice really is. When introduced, you see the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice is fierce and entertaining to the audience.
I think Shakespeare has presented Cleopatra very carefully and has taken into account the stereotypical female life in the time that it was set. The characters are only creations designed to make an impression and although they are only this, Shakespeare has made them very impressionable and I think it gradually becomes clear that Cleopatra must use her female charms to survive and have any power in a male-dominated place.
However it is possibly her refreshing honesty that leads her to be a positive role model. In conclusion I believe that Beatrice is a positive role model, however not in a mans world. This is because she is far from the ideal woman due to her being rather opinionated, sarcastic and perhaps verging on rude at times. In a mans world I think that a positive role model would be a woman like Hero, who the majority of the time is seen and not heard. However Shakespeare gives Beatrice positive characteristics, amongst all the others which make her a refreshing contrast amongst the other women of the play.
In William Shakespeare’s, ‘As You Like It,’ the tension between appearance versus reality is the result of the deceptive nature of the circumstances the characters of the play find themselves in. When Rosalind dresses as a male figure, she disguises her true identity and challenges the conventions of the preconceived ideas of gender roles. Thus, in several aspects, the subversion of the role she adopted through disguise eventually becomes more honest than deceitful. Rosalind was able to fully contain her new character engaging in the deceit in the short and long term of the play. The idiosyncratic nature of the play essentially advocates social struggles of gender roles and the truth behind manifestation.
His comments just go to show what kind of women these girls were just by the personality of the man they fell in love with. Being a women in Shakespeare’s time seems as if it is nothing to be proud of. Women were treated poorly, almost like second class citizens. William Shakespeare did give women a bit of a voice and shed a new light on them through his plays. He showed that women could be strong, smart, and even showed that they could be violent and cruel.
To the audience, both modern and renaissance, there are a lot of questions raised as to why Shakespeare chose a woman to play the protagonist, considering the era which it was written was very patriarchal. However, it is important that the audience knows that at the time the book was written a woman was in political power, Queen Elizabeth. Shakespeare therefore constructs his female characters based on a woman of power to be able to cater for his female readers and not only to the man. It can be viewed that Shakespeare’s use of identity, disguise and cross dressing was to dispel gender stereotypes and patriarchy. Also to show that women aren’t inferior to men but that woman and men are the same in terms of power, protection and intelligence and any other view are maybe just prejudiced.
(Essay intro) In the modern day, women have the luxury of belonging to themselves but unfortunately this was not always the case. During his life, William Shakespeare created many positive female characters who defied the traditional gender roles and brought attention to the misogynistic patriarchy of Elizabethan England. One of these true feminist icons is ‘Much Ado about Nothing’s. Beatrice. The women in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ defy traditional gender roles.
Shakespeare has used a verbose style to match Beatrice's character. As a conclusion, Beatrice and Benedick have changed both in their attitudes towards the idea of marriage and towards each other since the beginning of the play. However, one must note that they will never get bored of each other while they are having their 'war' so they are definitely a good match. Personally I think that Shakespeare is a feminist is much ado about nothing.
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.