I'm doing a school project about the Shakespeare's women and would like to know Shakespeare's views about the ladies he wrote about.Im doing a school porject about the Shakespeare's Ladies and i...

I'm doing a school project about the Shakespeare's women and would like to know Shakespeare's views about the ladies he wrote about.

Im doing a school porject about the Shakespeare's Ladies and i would like to know Shakespeare's view on the ladies he wrote about?

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It is difficult to accurately assess what William Shakespeare’s views might have been concerning his female characters. The only works of his we possess are plays and poems. We have no record of what his personal opinions may have been concerning the characters in his imaginative works, nor does his works have narrators which stand in for an authorial view point, but only characters engaging in dialogue. He seems to favour a role for women that was relatively convention for his period. Many of the strongest women (Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, the witches, the Shrew, Portia, Desdemona) either come to bad ends or find happiness and plot resolution in subservience and marriage. It is probable that like most men of his period, he considered marriage, child bearing, and domestic duties the most appropriate roles for women.

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