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Portia is Definitely a Mans Name Why must we label some womens jobs while mens arent A basketball team needs to be changed to the womens basketball team when women participate Women operate as the other in society many being unacknowledged and treated as such Judging by some of Shakespeares works it seems this same social placement existed in his time Through examination of Jessicas escape from her father and Portias conceding to her royalty in Shakespeares Merchant of Venice social construction and biological determinism for females can be acknowledged in their time Jessica faces a relationship with her father that is far from being pleasurable and plans to leave the old mans house when she can Not only does her sex trouble her in placing her in the powerless position under her father but her Jewish background burdens her as well Jews were the normative unappreciated ones just as the female population She feels humiliated to be Shylocks daughter as these encumbrances are laid on her to put her near the bottom of the constructed society Our house is hellAlack what heinous sin it is in meTo be ashamed to be my fathers child 45-47 When Jessica explains the situation of her house she is not only expressing her sorrow for Lancelots departure as their servant but she gives an idea about her relationship with her father and her desire to leave She calls it a sin to be in her position because she not only needs to live in her fathers patriarchy but she has to deal with being mistreated as a female and a Jew Jews and females were the normative other cutting her off from any credit as a woman or a person Being Shylocks daughter she is a subject in the system of the power that is in her fathers hands Her issues are more deep-rooted with being Shylocks offspring the sins of the father are to be
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