The doctors that found her assumes a feminine role saying, “I think, but dare not speak (5.1.69).” Lady Macbeth’s power, at that point, had become so strong that male characters were acting in ways that were expected of women. Her power, along with her insanity, left the Doctor dumbfounded. Men expected women to think but not speak. This swap of roles starts the end of the play with the start of downfall of the Macbeths. As the start of the play, Lady Macbeth held most of the relationship power between the two of them and at the end left both of them in
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Othello are similar in how women are viewed by other characters. By examining other characters objectifying women, men disrespecting women, and the social stigma around women’s actions it proves that women are treated fairly similar and poorly. First, other characters are seen objectifying women in these plays. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing portrays Hero as a prize to be won. Bennedick goes as far to ask Claudio, “Would you buy her, that you enquire after her?” clearly talking about hero as an object they can purchase (I.i.162).
The two main female characters in the play Hamlet, Gertrude and Ophelia, are portrayed as weak, vulnerable, and inferior, and are manipulated by the men, which ultimately leads to their demise. The role of Gertrude as wife, queen, and mother are significant
As one begins to read this passage, the first aspect that jumps out is the representation of the two main women in the play, Adriana and Luciana. With the first line of the scene, we are able to gain an understanding of both who Adriana is as a person, as well as some of the more personal issues she may be experiencing within her marriage to Antipholus of Ephesus (2.1.1-3). The tone of her voice is not necessarily that of anger, but rather one that is both worried and hurt by the perceived adulterous acts committed by her husband. Shakespeare’s language here was intentional as he desired to portray women in a more realistic manner. In other plays of the period, women were given limited roles and were depicted as very two-dimensional.
In the case of Hedda Gabler, the leading character Hedda through depicting a feminist character is truly deprived of the feminist traits that women commonly possess. Ibsen has intentionally failed to mold her into a true feminine character and has only achieved to strip her of all the characteristics that make her a woman such as faithfulness, loyalty, love, care and sacrifice. The play is a feminist one but its leading character is in no respect feminine, rather is a harsh, sharp and masculine one. The so-called feminism is merely a source of destruction for many women depriving them of motherly love and injecting them with frustration, depression and annoyance. Thus, women such as Hedda are not capable of being called a woman.
Kate being interpreted as a Shrew or bad selection for a wife reflects the ideal role women were expected to portray during this time period . Bianca overshadowed kates assumed crude attitude with her obedience towards mans commands shakespeare uses lucentio’s word choice to highlight her behavior in efforts to infer gender requirements being a
Some people may find it interesting to learn how women were treated back in the day, around the 1600’s, and how William Shakespeare interprets them in his plays. Once you have researched all the plays one can possibly determine how Shakespeare portrays the differences between the women’s roles in his plays. Some plays introduce very strong female roles, like King Lear, and others have an absence of women as just being in the background scenes, like King Richard II. In all, the plays seem to be all about power, control, war, love, even magical. I chose to do this paper and show the contrast and similarities of the women in King Lear, Cordelia, and Othello, Desdemona, along with the women who surrounded them.
In Shakespeare 's Taming of the Shrew, the whole play centers around Petruchio trying to “tame” Katherine and forcing her to be the traditional submissive wife. Set in the Elizabethan era, the play also compares love versus economic value and how social status influences marriage in the 16th century. Bianca, quiet and innocent, plays the traditional role of a woman well, while Katherine rebels and refuses to be ordered around by any man. While both men and women in the play don 't always line up with traditional gender roles, it is the women (Katherine, specifically) are punished. In today 's society, Kate could be seen as an independent woman who doesn’t need a man but instead, Kate is depicted as a crusted, unmanageable shrew in which by the looks of it, will die alone if she doesn 't curb her attitude.
Wilde’s plays reveal the fact that since the true intentions and emotions of women belonging to the higher class of the society often lie under the veneer of prudery and complacency, women are liable to be misinterpreted. To cite an example, Mrs Erlynne of the play Lady Windermere’s Fan has been severely criticized for her “final choice of brazen independence over motherly duty.” (107) She is branded as an insensitive woman who abandons her child for an illicit relationship. But
The importance of Gertrude "Frailty, Thy name is woman," refers to the stated characteristic weakness of women 's character by Shakespeare. Women are characterized as weak, whereas the men deal with their problems through revenge openly. In Hamlet, the female characters are not as important yet still important to the plot and flow of the play. They face the impossible challenge of being strong and independent whilst still arising a quiet and gentle female persona. One of the main female characters in the play who struggles with her identity is Gertrude, the Queen of Denmark and the mother of Hamlet.