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    Women have played monumental roles in many of the most influential historical events in human history. However, until a relatively short time ago, women were seen as extremely inferior to men, and were openly treated as such. This was a well-known social norm throughout ancient civilizations such as the Greek and Roman Empires, and even into the Elizabethan Age of the 16th Century. “Documents of all the ancient cultures (Greek, Roman, Mosaic, Hebrew, Celtic, Germanic, Assyrian, Christian, Babylonian)

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    Women of Verona In the streets of Verona, another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families the Capulets and Montagues. Outraged by the violence the citizens of Verona have had enough and begin to beat back the warring factions. Attempting to prevent any further conflicts between the families Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, decrees death to any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. It is in the midst of this uprising that we are introduced to two star crossed

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    Women of Hamlet Women are a very important part of this world although they are sometimes not portrayed that way. One would think they would be seen as significant because of the fact that women make up almost half of the world’s population. Throughout all of history, females have been considered the weaker sex. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, women are portrayed as weak minded and unfaithful. The inability to correctly make important life decisions, a weakened mental state,

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    Nazarian relates all the way back to the beginning of time when women were treated as less than men. Some have argued that gender equality has always been an issue throughout our world and has never quite gone away. Gender Equality is a predominant issue in the Shakespeare play Hamlet as the two women leading roles, are characterized as weak, obedient, and are used as tools of manipulation by the men characters . Ultimately, Shakespeare illustrates a sympathetic image of Gertrude and Ophelia as their

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    Throughout centuries men have been seen as the gender that have more rights than women. According to Diane Elizabeth Dreher’s 1986 book, Domination & Defiance: Fathers and Daughters in Shakespeare, she explains that a woman during renaissance England, “was to conform patiently and silently to the will of her father and, later, to that of her husband, accepting commands, correction, physical abuse, with sweetness and humility” (16). As a result of a renaissance society that promotes and even encourages

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    Women in the Age of Shakespeare Throughout the Elizabethan era the roles of women in society were very limited. Men were considered superior and women were considered inferior and significantly dependent on the male figures in their life. In today’s society women have come a long way and have even surpassed their male counterparts in the process. Women are no longer considered property or expected to maintain the household and bear children. For women to have a career at all in the Elizabethan era

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    cross-dressing. From this portrayal, modern audiences can learn that oppression was present in the past and still continues to affect women in today’s world. Portia has to cross-dress in order to take on the role of a lawyer. She along with her maid in waiting, Nerissa That they shall think we are accomplishèd/With that we lack”(3.4.62-63)During the Shakespearean era, women were not viewed as intelligent and lacked skills to have such roles. Going under the guise of a lawyer Portia would be able hold

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    the Elizabethan era, women were considered to be the weaker sex, they were dependent on man and were expected to do as told, without question. William Shakespeare captures the essence of being a woman in the play Hamlet, by introducing the characters, Gertrude and Ophelia. They are naive and gullible characters that look for advice from a male figure and are expected to act in a certain way that would please and not interfere with the opposite sex. Therefore the role of women in the play Hamlet is

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    The Women Hidden in the Shadows When writing a play, Shakespeare always aimed at strategically displaying misfortunes with romance and bold actions. The females in Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, both play roles with little importance, which demonstrates the lack of independence present; causing these characters to solely rely of the main characters of the play— the men. Although Shakespeare often wrote tragedies, it is no secret that he kept a place in his heart for romance. The female roles in

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    time, the role of women were if they were property to their husbands. They were only to be at their house doing everything a wife should do, like clean, cook, any duties that had to be done, they were usually married early 20’s. They were to do whatever to please their husbands, which was mostly in sexual ways. In twelfth night, Orsino says “For women are as roses, whose fair flow’r, being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.” (page 41) With this quote, it was saying that women were just seen for

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