Shakespeare paper #1 - Jenna Beyer Paper#1 English 225 For my topic I have chosen to analyze something a little more personal too me though a very

Shakespeare paper #1 - Jenna Beyer Paper#1 English 225 For...

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Jenna BeyerPaper #1English 225For my topic I have chosen to analyze something a little more personal too me, though a very common point of discussion it is very relevant and highly debatable. This is the way women are portrayed and the role they play in Shakespeare’s works. Though this is a theme in all of his works in one way or another I am going to compare and contrast only a few that we have recently covered. Including Measure for Measure,Much Ado About Nothing,and A Mid-Summer Nights Dream. There are also numerous angles and aspects of how women in Shakespeare’s works are seen; showing the roles they play both as their place in these plays but also what they do in society, where women fall when it comes to authority, how we can see the Shakespearian woman in another light when comparing to modern day women. Last I will briefly like to tie all of these aspects together to take a closer look at how Shakespeare sees women, being that through his works we see his true opinion.First, to understand everything else we must look at the role women in these plays are given, both their place in the play and what is expected of them within the play. In Measure for Measure,we are shown three very different roles. We are shown Isabella, a nun who known throughout the play for her chastity, when she even puts her brother’s life second to what she holds so dear(something we will look further into in a different section
due to its dual use). Though that is quit a stray from the notion at the end that she would marry the Duke. Isabella is seen as a good holy women, but Shakespeare also begins to make her out to be a disliked character, going from virtuous and chaste to moral ambiguity,allowing Mariana to do exactly what she was so unwilling too. Which bring us to the next female in this play, Mariana. Though she is not at all a main character she is a key character in developing the plot. She is used to trick Lord Angelo, though she does love him she is giving up a valued trait. And last, as the spectrum in Shakespeare’s opinion seems to get worse, there is Juliet. As far as we know, Juliet is an unmarried pregnant women, though she is willing and wanting to marry Claudio it is the fact that they are not yet married that makes this a crime and her a sinful women. So in summary in this play, wehave the roles of a nun, and two unchaste women, one of which is pregnant out of wedlock.The next piece of work is Much Ado About Nothing,there are more female characters in this piece of work however we will once again look at three different roles played to compare to the previous three. For example, Hero is the well-respected chaste daughter of a noble man, a character really not seen in the previous, she is open and even some what looking for love. Almost the opposite personality as her boisterous cousin, Beatrice, whom is remembered as the one female you see speaking out and talking back to the males. Another role she seems to fill is the female who is uninterested in love or marriage, as Isabella was before, both of which end up “happily” married at the end of the plays.

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