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The Roles of Women The roles of women in the Elizabethan time were very confined Women could be tutored but they were not allowed to attend universities Women could not vote they could not be heirs to their fathers title and a man had the legal right to chastise his wife as he was seen as the head of the marriage Gender roles are standards in which men and women are expected to play according to their sex Women in many of Shakespeares plays established their own identity in the story through a sequence of interactions with various characters in the play The female characters in Shakespeare plays can be seen as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women or prominent for the time and culture that they lived in In Shakespeares The Taming Of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing both of these female characteristics are displayed The protagonist of The Taming of The Shrew Katherine represents the women who did not give into gender roles by being rude critical scornful and insulting Katherine is an intelligent woman who is not afraid to assert her views on any given situation The character Hero Of Much Ado About Nothing sweet and graceful characteristics gives right into the female gender roles Hero is very shy and rarely speaks in public Although these exceptional women are different in many ways their actions feelings have formed Shakespeares women characters Katherine is perceived as a shrew by definition a small rodent Her intelligence strong will dominance and her out spoken characteristics were mistaken as rude critical scornful and insulting Her temper and unpleasant behavior is the main cause of the disapproval that she receives from everybody even her father Shakespeare created a character that had step outside of the social norm She was not obedient loving gentle and soft spoken as women were suppose to be during these times Katherine was disliked mostly because of intimidation both
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