As You Like It by William Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It, the protagonist, Rosalind, disguises herself as a boy for the majority of the play. Rosalind is used by Shakespeare to help divulge a portion of Shakespeare’s personal life and also show flaws in the unique stereotypes that are expected for boys and girls. Shakespeare’s main use for Rosalind was to illustrate the unique features and characteristics that boys and girls are expected to have and how easily they can be overlooked. Even though boys and girls are both equal human beings, it was not thought to be this way in Shakespeare’s time. Rosalind wanted to do more than what a girl could do, and thus, she disguised herself and effectively “became” a man. However, Shakespeare also uses Rosalind to help divulge some secrets that may have been present in Shakespeare’s personal life, such as an imposter Shakespeare.
Gender discrimination and stereotypes have been around since the dawn of time. Throughout the centuries, it has always been believed that women should be confined to household and non-strenuous jobs such as: doing the housekeeping, raising children, tending to her husband’s every need, and teaching at schools. Gender discrimination is first illustrated in the Bible through 1st Timothy 2:12 by saying, “I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over man; rather, she is to remain quiet” and also in Genesis 3:16, “To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring

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