Elizabeth I was known ‘at home and abroad as a “female Prince”, and Parliamentary statute declared her a “king”’ Preedy (2009). The impression given of Elizabeth Tudor is that she was dominant, intelligent and witty. There are many similarities between her and the female protagonist that Shakespeare creates. One being that Elizabeth chose to not get married and not to create an heir. Beatrice openly states her dislike for marriage. Thus, it is clear to see the comparability between the two. However, Elizabeth was only able to behave the way she did due to her position in England during the sixteenth-century. She was queen of England. Moreover, the importance of individuals depended on their position in social hierarchy. In Much Ado Beatrice does not have a father. She is the niece of Leonato. Thus, she uses her voice to be noticed and consider...
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...the gender equality that women desired during the Elizabethan era. His use of satire allowed him to subtly reveal the gender issues which he believed to be occurring during the sixteenth century. However, this ‘equality’ only existed to an extent and only for the duration of the play. Some would argue that it never existed at all, and still does not.
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