Women in shakespeare is a topic within the especially general discussion of shakespeares dramatic and poetic works main characters such as dark lady of the sonnets have elicited a substantial amount of criticism which received added impetus during the second wave feminism of the 1960s. Women in shakespeares plays are often underestimated while they were clearly restricted by their social roles the bard showed how women could influence the men around them his plays showed the difference in expectations between upper and lower class women of the time. Women and shakespeare in the early 20th century shakespearean theatres habit of exploring genders multiple possibilities and indeed womens central involvement in this exploration is not a recent phenomenon. Throughout shakespeare and women rackin reveals the conditions that shaped shakespeares women lives these conditions and the present history of the world in which women live contribute to their experience of the plays. Shakespeare and women the ambiguous ending of the taming of the shrew has katherine met her match been broken discovered a new role or finally found a way of being herself expresses in miniature the ambiguities of shakespeares presentation of women
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