Gender In Orlando's He

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Since historical cultural norms police the dichotomy of conventional male and female dress code, the prospect of an androgynously dressed individual is disturbing, as it serves as a reminder that gender is but a social construct. In the opening of Orlando ‘He’ acts as an assertive proclamation of Orlando’s gender. Orlando is initially presented as masculine, for example he is seen to be ‘slicing at the head of a moor’. The dynamic verb ‘slicing’ creates violent imagery associated with maleness. However Orlando’s gender is teased in Woolfe’s comical undermining
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