Write a detailed note on women characters in William Shakespeare's works.would be helpful if the answer is detailed

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While Shakespeare created a variety of female personality types, his leading women are most often independent, obstinate, and highly motivated.  Many critics cite Queen Elizabeth as a model for Shakespeare's female archetype. Perhaps the best example of a Shakespearean leading lady is Portia from The Merchant of Venice. She, like many other female Shakespearean characters dresses as a male at one point in the play and outsmarts the men.  She is truly the ruler of her own kingdom and of her husband's heart.  She is beautiful, highly renowned, and often sought after.

Shakespeare does use women, especially those married to kings or other political leaders, to influence and sometimes manipulate (Lady Macbeth) their male counterparts.  Sometimes these female characters are not as strong as Portia or Cleopatra, but they still play advisory roles (Portia and Calphurnia in Julius Caesar and Emilia in Othello).

It is quite rare for Shakespeare to include a female character for comic relief, although Nurse in Romeo and Juliet does fill that role in the play, but Shakespeare does portray several beautiful women as innocent victims who die because of their loved ones' or acquaintances' tragic flaws (Desdemona from Othello, Ophelia from Hamlet, and Lady MacDuff from Macbeth.

Of course, this is a very broad overview, but if you did a general study of Shakespeare's women from his comedies, tragedies, and histories, the first type of female character appears most often.