Much ado about nothing was written by William Shakespeare in 1595.It is about relationships, love, deceive and hatred. Benedick (one of the main character) enjoys speaking his mind in a witty argument with Hero’s cousin and companion, Beatrice. Beatrice is also like Benedick. She is an Elizabethan feminist who is strong; she speaks her mind and lets everyone (including Benedick) know exactly what she thinks of Benedick. Shakespeare has created another couple who is totally the opposite of Beatrice and Benedick.
Throughout the play so far, Cleopatra has been presented as a very confident woman who adores playing numerous tricks with Antony. By Shakespeare creating the sense that Cleopatra controls Antony through her witty actions and words, it re-enforces her role in the novel as an independent, slightly deceitful woman. (1.1.14) 'If it be love indeed, tell me how much', this displays Cleopatra's clear determination in wanting to know how she is thought of by Antony. Shakespeare presents Cleopatra like this to prove that both her image and personality are very important to her because she is so desperate to know what Antonys opinion of her is. Here, Shakespeare's presentation of Cleopatra highlights her unique female qualities in a way that represents women throughout the play and Cleopatra as an individual.
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.
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.
When introduced, you see the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice is fierce and entertaining to the audience. When Beatrice insults Benedick with ‘scratching could not make it worse an ‘twere such a face as yours were’ suggests that Beatrice is an opinionated character that does not allow men to be of a hierarchy. Shakespeare could use this to imply that she believes that everyone should be treated the same regardless of gender. Beatrice has a very sharp tone to her insults and says them with pride. She shows signs of not being scared of the male characters making her appear robust to what anyone would say.
Shak... ... middle of paper ... ... Juliet's well fare, not just what see wants. Shakespeare shows that the Nurse wants Juliet to be safe and happy and that she is not just manipulated by her. As the audience wants the central characters to be together, the Nurse is appreciated much more. This leads back to the introductory statement of Juliet turning her back on both strong female roles but the audience agreeing with her ignoring her mother but feel sympathy towards the Nurse. Shakespeare's tale of Romeo and Juliet is one of love and passion that ends in sadness.
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 ?
Beatrice is an extremely crucial character in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. She is one of the reasons that many plans and schemes fall into place to provide us with the outcome that the play finally reaches. Shakespeare depicts Beatrice as a very strong character who knows what she wants and how she wants to achieve it. Her characteristics of sharp wit and her ability to be acutely opinionated allow her to be a notable contrast from the other women in the play, whether this be in a positive or a negative way. Shakespeare represents Beatrice as a very feisty, cynical and sharp woman during the play.
He showed that women could be strong, smart, and even showed that they could be violent and cruel. This would be a huge contrast to the quiet subordinate women he was used to seeing. Shakespeare contrasted the type of women he knew to the type of women he thought the world would never see. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth.
This creates audience sympathy for Juliet, due to her innocence. Even in one of the opening scenes, Shakespeare raises the issue of arranged marriages. A feminist critic agrees with this view. "The play challenges traditional familial duty, gender relations and the character and status of women." The play also shows male dominance.