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Examine in Close Detail the Role of Women in Julius Caesar Throughout all time that humans have been around the males have always been dominant It is only in the past fifty years that females have become almost as important and equal in society In plays by Shakespeare most of the main speaking parts are the characters of meant Women do not have a large significance and influence upon the actions of the men The males often try to insult each other in a play such as Macbeth by insinuating that the other was not a full man and maybe slightly feminine There is a lot known about society four hundred years ago in the lifetime of William Shakespeare and the reader of his work can tell how sexist some people were then from the speech and actions of characters Could it be the society that he lived in that influenced his writing or was it just him personally who was like that We know that at the time the women characters in all plays were acted by young males who possessed high voices for men So Shakespeare might have been influenced by other people and it was just the normal way of life at the time to treat women in an inferior way to men Some of the famous women characters such as Juliet form Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth from Macbeth had large roles in their plays but there is usually only one main woman and compared to several leading men This is prejudiced Also a good point for women in the play they were protected by men such as their husband father family and friend Little harm cam to them and if they died it was by suicide not murder In Julius Caesar there are two women characters They are Brutus wife Portia who has a larger part than Caesars wife Calphurnia Portia
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