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Respect Well Deservd Women are the root of all evil At least thats what the people of the Middle Ages thought If you look at it for their point of view it was not Adam but Eve was the one who bit into that apple and got us all kicked out of paradise Unfortunate this was not one of the things that was being reconsidered in a time of great reform the Renaissance Women in this time period werent treated any better than most servants were treated William Shakespeare must have had a problem with this In several of his plays he dresses women as men He was doing this to show that women can do anything that men can do When in The Twelfth night Viola dresses as a man to gain rights power and freedom it was Shakespeares way of commenting on the lowly status of women in the society of the times The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is open to interpretation there is really no particular writing that any scholars can find that may have influenced him when he was writing this comedy It does however pertain very well to what was going on in the royal court at the time Therefore it is widely regarded that the royal court was in fact the influence for this play There are many who believe that Olivia is meant to represent Queen Elizabeth ruler of England in Shakespeares day Hamilton observes that A distinguishing feature of the plays language of suing and love is the way in which love conventions are shaped to emphasize Olivias and Elizabeths reclusive ness Malvolio Olivias suitor in the play also has a lot in common with someone in the court at the time Sir Christopher Hatton Elizabeths steward apparently fawned over her in such a way that other members of the court found him to be hypocritical and ridiculous The Queen often called him her
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