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In Shakespearian times women usually had no rights They were expected to stay at home do their husbands bidding and never protest When a woman broke any of those rules it was considered an outrage As we see in Act II Scenes 2 and 3 Paulina was unique in the fact that she defied that unwritten rule She ignored her husbands request Lines 44-46 in Scene 3 and protested against the king Lines 82-90 in scene 3 However this is made crystal clear to us in the line He shall not rule me It is clear that Paulina is an intelligent woman and we get this from the line This child was prisoner to the womb and is by law and process of great nature thence freed and franchisd In this line she convinced the gaoler with the strength of her logic to give her the baby However Paulinas intelligence is blinded by fate and innocence as she believes that the sight of the baby would soothe the kings rage Also her believe in fate is evident in the line Jove send her a better guiding spirit Paulina is also an extremely strong character In line 33 she says If I prove honey-mouthed let my tongue blister which tells us that she does not even like to be soft Further on in Scene 3 she says Let him that makes but trifles of his eyes first hand me In this line she threatens the men who have been ordered by the King to move her but instead of quivering under the threat she threatens the men which was quite unusual for a lady to do in those times Without courage strength would mean nothing and Paulina is very courageous Her courage is evident throughout the two scenes and it is this that makes her a remarkable character She accuses the men of comforting the king when he does wrong in the lines That creep
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