Gender Stereotypes In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

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Joey McIntyre Mr. Weil Themes in Literature Pd. 4 8 November 2017 Much Ado About Marriage We as American people have the ability to pick and chose want we want to do with our lives. For example we get to chose what we want to believe in, what we want to be, where we will go, and who we will marry. Something that is hard for people to comprehend now is you weren’t always given these choices. Even though we now are able to chose how we live our lives now, one thing that has not changed are gender stereotypes and the roles that genders are expected to play in our society today. Shakespeare touched on a lot of these ideas in his play Much Ado About Nothing. The soldiers in this play come to the city, Messina, after they have finished fighting in a war. Instead of all of the soldiers having sex and partying, one of the soldiers falls in love, and wants to marry. The play talks about the ongoing struggle between the main characters, Benedick and Claudio, and the contradicting views on whether to marry or stay a bachelor which plagues society today. The main character, Benedick, lives as the stereotypical man in society would live, as a bachelor. Benedick despises the idea of marriage, and would rather sleep with various women rather than have to settle down with one for the rest of his life. He does not believe that any man should settle down, as he thinks that no woman is going to be the perfect one.”The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the

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