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.
These unequal concepts are crucial factors that ultimately lead these characters to alter their standardized gender role, and commit heinous actions that are perceived to be against their morality. Shakespeare implements the notion of gender role’s discrepancy, prevalent in his period of time, through his characters to perpetuate and empower their social status and power. Goneril’s inner masculine supremacy slowly emerges as she yearns to overcome her standardized gender role and achieve power by her malevolent ambition and words. Shakespeare primarily introduces Goneril to be an ordinary and negligent character, as she enacts her passive nature towards King Lear and others. As the story progresses, the readers can perceive a drastic alteration within Goneril’s dialogues, as she becomes more vile, manipulative, and blunt towards others.
How does Shakespeare reconcile women in what The Norton Shakespeare terms a romance play? Given the tragic outcomes of certain female characters (i.e., Desdemona and Juliet), sexuality must be promptly considered. Desdemona’s “jeopardized” fidelity ignites Othello’s murdering hands. Her sexuality controls him. In the same way, it might be argued that severe sexuality is the compulsion of Romeo and Juliet.
They were all somehow blinded by love and let it dictate their actions. Shakespeare placed this portrayals of women in his comedy to address how society viewed women. He uses examples of boldness to show how it was unacceptable to defy authorities. Women were to marry men who could financially and politically advantage her family and could not anticipate finding love on their own. He also portrays women as vulnerable to show that society believed women were weak to love and could only make unwise or dangerous decisions because of it.
His insufficiency is more surprising because elsewhere in the play Iago appears as a master rhetorician, but as Bloch explains, ‘the misogynistic writer uses rhetoric as a means of renouncing it, and, by extension, woman.’ (163) Even the noble general yielded to the sexist remarks and insinuations of his ancient, thus developing a reprehensible attitude toward his lovely and faithful wife. Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on the Moor’s sexist treatment of Desdemona: Desdemona has, therefore, some quite serious faults as a wife, including a will of her own, which was evident even before she was married. This does not mean that she merits the terrible accusations flung at her by Othello, nor does she in any way deserve her death, but she is partly responsible for the tragic action of the play. Othello’s behavior and mounting jealousy are made more comprehensible if we remember what Elizabethan husbands might expect of their wives. (45) In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his selection... ... middle of paper ... ...reason to the same extent, or even greater than, men; and that men are passion-driven moreso than are women.
The cross-dressing romantic comedy destabilizes gender distinctions by virtue of man pretending to be a woman. The comic element provides a stable medium to alter the gender roles. The effectiveness of which is highlighted by Jerry’s apparent transformation into bliss, from the moment, he turned into a woman. Some Like it Hot does not just try to bend the concept of gender; it makes a great effort at obliterating the entire concept. It dismisses the stringent stereotypes, societies formulate to try to control or inculcate a desired social
By questioning the relationships between the other couples, Shakespeare highlights the true love between Viola and Orsino and the fake relationship of Malvolio and Olivia which is truly based on Malvolio’s desire of a higher status , despite his status and his personality , Malvolio tries to impress Olivia by dressing up in ridiculous clothes , which does far from his aim , and repulses Olivia. Twelfth Night consists of a large number of love triangles, however many characters are too indulged in love that they are blind to the untrue, and the weakness of their relationship, they are deceived by themselves and many people around them ( ex. Malvolio is tricked by Sir Andrew, Feste ,Sir Toby and Maria),but there are certain incidents where the love is true and two characters feel very strongly about one another. In the play, Viola and Orsino have the most significant relationship. The way they interact with each other causes the complexity on which the play is all about, their relationship turns from strangers to friends then lovers .In the First Act Viola is not honest with Orsino because she disguises herself as a male servant named Cesario in order to get closer to the duke.
Feminists argue against the stereotyping and social construction of female norms, seeing them as created by men in order to establish their own sense of power. It is thought that while males suggest that gender is sex and not actually a construct, the female role will become much more passive, stereotyped and controlled. `The aim of feminism must be to break down the public/private split and the binaries of masculinity/femininity, mind/body, reason/f... ... middle of paper ... ...o the fact that Iago conspires in such deceitful ways against Othello and possible women in general. Her ignorance can again be reflected by Bianca, Cassio's mistress, who has been described as a whore. In conclusion, we can see that feminist criticism can be applied better to certain texts than others.
Receiving both attests to a holistic approach in a symbiotic relationship that is inclusive for both men and women. Further, feminist in this methodology can continue to root out unfair and harmful practices that will produce improved treatment of women. Without overlooking their own innate differences feminists can find the delicate balance to a multicultural approach. Otherwise, overlooking these qualities may create the very injustice the feminist cause of justice is seeking to irradiate.
The play, Twelfth Night, is undoubtedly a phenomenal romance comedy, mocking courtship, love, and gender roles. Although many readers feel that Shakespeare is a feminist based on his bold move to break gender roles throughout his play. However, it can also be debated that he switched roles in the Twelfth Night. By using cross-dressing antics, interactions with characters, and the language of the characters on his main character, Viola, Shakespeare conforms to gender stereotypes and