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What was Shakespeare's view on the world?

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Shakespeare could be seen as a rebel, as he challenged many of the long-held beliefs of Elizabethan society. Among these were the role of women in society, the existence of divine right, and codes of morality.

At a time when women had few rights and privileges, were prohibited from receiving an education, and admonished for even speaking their minds, he created strong female characters whose intelligence, wit, and bravery stood in stark contrast to the Elizabethan patriarchal ideal. Also during this time, monarchs believed that since their power and position came to them directly from God, they were immune from...

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