Why was Shakespeare controversial in his time?

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I think Shakespeare was very popular in his time. I am sure some people did not like some of his ideas, or some of his plays.  However ultimately it seems like they got over it, and we still do, because the plays are still so popular today.

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A big reason was his portayal of women in his plays.  He showed them being reasonable and strong and intelligent - something rarely seen or thought of in regard to women during that time.

Look at his most famous women, Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Gertrude, etc.

All of his female characters have an intelligence not seen in Shakespeare's contemporaries.

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