Jose John May 6, 2016 No Comments
ANDROGYNY: WILL OF SHAKESPEARE’S FEMALE CHARACTERS Throughout Man’s history, women have always been at a disadvantage socially, economically, and politically. Shake­speare realized this and sought to bring the controversy that comes with Androgynous issues—to life. Through strong fe­male characters and the implications of disguises, Shakespeare exposes gender issues. Many critics believe Shakespeare poorly represents women in his plays through intentional ex­ploiting of women with his boy-girl-boy disguises. When in fact, I see Shakespeare as exploiting how women were/are treated through that very use of disguises and— the strength he gives his female characters, especially that of Portia (Mer­chant of Venice) and Viola (Twelfth night)—is representative of his personal admiration of intelligent, strong women. It is also important to mention that the idea of a transsexual theme did not exist during Shakespeare’s time, as in the same sense that one would have now. Men playing the part of women— playing the part of men was simply accepted by the audience. Shakespeare was able to use this acceptance as an opportu­nity to give female characters strong and important roles. Portia is so strong of a character, she would have been con­sidered a devil woman in the eyes of her peers—humor for the boy-girl-boy disguise for the audience of the time. Yet,...
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