William Shakespeare Essay | Student Essay

This student essay consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis of Shakespeare's Treatment of Women in His Plays.
This section contains 1,414 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Shakespeare's Treatment of Women in His Plays

Shakespeare's Treatment of Women in His Plays

Summary: A study of Shakespeare's treatment of women throughout his plays. Highlights critic's views that portray Shakespeare's female characters as strong, independent women as well as those critics who claim he is a sexist and created demeaning female characters.
Some critics and other readers of Shakespeare's plays argue that he treats women with disrespect. However, he actually treats them with a great amount of respect. Shakespeare has been criticized by many modern writers for his portrayal of women.

The critics and other readers of Shakespearean plays think that he treats women badly for a few reasons, one being that most of the women in his plays die a tragic death. One example is in the play, Julius Caesar. In this specific play, Portia who is Julius Caesar's wife kills herself by swallowing hot coals. Portia was highly respected in life, and in order to be highly respected in death, she felt that she had to show her bravery in an excruciatingly painful death. This shows that Shakespeare expected women to behave in a masculine way. Another example is in the play Romeo...

(read more)

This section contains 1,414 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Shakespeare's Treatment of Women in His Plays
Copyrights
BookRags
Shakespeare's Treatment of Women in His Plays from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.