During the time the female gender was largely

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fighting for the rights of women. During the time, the female gender was largely mistreated and they lacked any voice to air their opinions and ideas. They were denied education and were even refused an opportunity to speak for themselves when it came to decisions which affected their lives. Many male authors of the time described women as simple beings who lacked any form of intelligence and their only role was to fulfill the needs of the male gender. This misconception was spoken against by Christine De Pizan since she was able to show women in a different light. From her narrative, women were intelligent shown by the characters of justice, rectitude and reason. These characters provided stories of the tales which women have had to undergo. The horrific tales of their tribulations such as sexual abuse which the women suffered in silence can move any reader. This piece of literary work marked a turning point that eventually led to the rise of the women suffrage movement of the 20th century. The struggle for gender equality still goes on since other issues such as the wage gap are yet to be accomplished. However, Christine De Pizan is be noted as one of the most outspoken women in history whose political views went against the traditional notion of the male dominance and tried to establish women as men’s equals (O'Neill, 2016). Shakespeare, William “Richard II” William Shakespeare’s “Richard II” is the first play in a series of four plays that talk about how the house of Lancaster made it to the throne of England. The play was written in the late 16th century although its setting was in the 14th century. The story is about Richard the Second who came into power as a young man. However, his desires for fashion and material
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SURNAME 5 gains, as well as unwise decisions, made him unpopular among the common people. He increased taxes to suit his needs and eventually when the kingdom was invaded, most of Richard’s subjects joined the invaders and ultimately his rule ended. The political view in this play relates to Machiavelli’s idea of leadership. King Richard II was not focused on the needs of his people. Even though he was courageous in the play and went to war against Ireland, he was unable to fulfill the wants of his people. He satisfied his selfish needs through increased taxation from both the locals and the nobles. The act created resentment from the people. The advisors that Henry selected were also part of his downfall. They were unable to correctly advise him on how he could win the support of the people. In the play, Shakespeare tries to show that even though monarchs ascend to power without the choice of the people, these rulers ought to create a good rapport with their subjects. Had King Henry II focused on improving the lives of his people and if he used all forms of fairness when making decisions which will affect the same people, the end of his reign would not have occurred as narrated in the play. King Henry’s subjects would not have joined the enemy if he was more empathic to their requirements and their suffering.
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