Theme Of Feminism In Shakespere

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Back in Shakespere's day, women were seen as property to be sold from the father to the husband. Although the zeitgeist of the time saw women as objects, Shakespere himself has several hints of feminism in his work. His female characters are, more often than not, three-dimensional, and when they are beaten down by men, there is a great sense of tragedy. As well, many of the women call for equality and justice, giving Shakespere a feminist thread throughout his plays.
When Othello speaks of Desdemona's love for him, he says that "she wished that heaven had made her such a man". She could, of course, have wished that heaven had made her a man like Othello (with the exception of being white, of course), or she could wish that heaven had made her a man so she could go on adventures like Othello, instead of being seen as a piece of property. This makes sense, as she goes with Othello to war, and he greets her and calls her his "warrior". Desdemona has many masculine characteristics—thus demonstrating that masculinity is just for men and that total feminity is not a requirement for womanhood.
The father to husband exchange is emphasized often in Shakespere. In Midsummer's Night's Dream, Theseus tells Hermia that "your father should be as a God, one that composed your beauties" and that it is "within his power" to "disfigure" her. If women were mere property, than it is no wonder that so many Shakesperian women wished they could be men—or, better yet, stop wishing and simply
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