Sexism In Antony And Cleopatra

1194 Words5 Pages
Coming to the Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, we once again come up with a character who is alienated but in this case it is not because of race or religion but because of gender. Shakespeare has a really funny way of developing his female characters. There are a few tropes that Shakespearean females fall under: the virgin, the mother, and the whore. What is particularly interesting about the characterization of Shakespearean females is that they rarely speak for themselves, but rather, are developed by how the men in the play perceive them. While this may create a biased interpretation of the character within the world of the play, the reader has the unique experience of finding the ways in which that female speaks for herself. Arguably one of the brashest female characters in all of Shakespeare’s works is Cleopatra. In Antony and Cleopatra, she is almost always viewed through the lens of the male characters of the play, who view her as a whore, apart from…show more content…
Yet, the shaming of Cleopatra’s sexuality works in two ways. While at points throughout the play, this characterization undermines the overall charm of her character, Cleopatra is also able to find a significant amount of power through her sexuality. Looking through a more feminist lens, Cleopatra is able to use her feminine sexuality to gain and maintain an influence over the men of the play; regardless of whether the men of the play love her, or hate her, they are still thinking about her, and she has control over them. Her sexuality becomes one of the most compelling elements of her character. Even other characters admit to her power, even if it is in the form of mild slut-shaming. And it is this power, which she wields, that makes her

More about Sexism In Antony And Cleopatra

Get Access