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Powerful Women For Renaissance playwrights the representation of powerful women meant having to deal with their cultures pervasive and sometimes contradictory gender assumptions Compare the representation of powerful women in any 1 ONE or 2 TWO of the following plays John Lylys Endymion Gammer Gurtons Needle and Arden of Faversham Bearing in mind the effect of these works very different genres university comedy court comedy and public tragedy discuss how these playwrights defuse the anxiety engendered by powerful female characters Are they equally successful in their attemptsFor renaissance playwrights the representation of powerful women meant having to deal with their cultures pervasive and sometime contradictory gender assumptions In the case of the domestic tragedy Arden of Faversham the writer sets fire to the belief that powerful women are dangerous The writer creates the character of Alice who is manipulative and cunning Her relationships with the men in the play prove that she is a powerful women but that she is a danger to the structure of renaissance society During this time you couldnt be a powerful women without being seen as a threat to male dominance and the character of Alice is what every man feared in this era In the beginning of the play Alices husband Arden is explaining to his friend Franklin that he suspects that Alice is being unfaithful to him Franklin advises arden to be paient and not to jealous around his wife and to stay with him in London in order to win back her affection When Franklin says For women when they may will notBut being kept back straight grow outrageous 152-53 he expresses the closed minded idea of women in the renaissance era In book When Alice enters she tells arden all is fine and that when he leaves for London she will be extremely sad heartbroken By doin this she easies his fears that she is cheating on him However as soon as arden leaves
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