William Shakespeare 's ' The Lord Of Find Refuge And Empowerment '

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Isiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (NIV).” It is important for a Godly woman to maintain a good balance between submissiveness and strength. However, when we find ourselves lacking in the strength that we need to carry on, we can look to the Lord to find refuge and empowerment. Within Shakespearean texts there are both moral and immoral characterizations of strength through female identities. In order for one to display strength, it is not impetrative for this…show more content…
On the outside, it appears that these women are extremely strong, so much so that they have the power to overthrow their father and undermine the efforts of their husbands in order to gain military and economic strength. They hold vast authority over their subjects, yet lack the ability to withstand the advances of an opposing force. These malicious and outspoken sisters give off the impression that their political strength carries through the core of their identities, when in reality the tiniest affair pulls their alliance apart. A lack of mental and spiritual strength drags both sisters to losing everything, even their lives. Shakespeare’s presentation of these two sisters is one that enforces the idea that strength is not based solely on appearance or material value, rather it is based on the size of your will and the ability to withstand times of trial. Beatrice is one character than could be classified as such. She is every bit as confident in her abilities as the sisters had been, yet she has developed this attribute after showing weakness in the past. In an environment where it is expected of her to play nice and to be a gentle and quiet wife, she stands apart from those who try to oppress her. Her mental capability matches that of a male during her time and she is unafraid to stand up for the injustices that she sees being done to those of both genders. In her article Erin Kelley argues that Shakespearean literature advocates for a

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