Power And Wit By William Shakespeare Essay

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Womanly Power and Wit Shakespeare was a feminisnt. No, not in the way in which he would advocate “Free the Nipple”, or women not shaving because hair is natural, which he might have. However, I do not believe hair removal was expected of the common woman in the 1600s. He was a feminist in the way he pushed gender norms of the renaissance woman, blurring the lines between masculinity and femininity. In Revisiting Shakespeare and Gender, written by Jean Gerlach, Rudolph Almasy, and Rebecca Daniel, it explains “Defining what a female was supposed to be and do was an act of Renaissance culture” (Gerlach et al, Vol. 5). A perfect renaissance woman was described to be silent, obedient to men, maintain sexual chastity, and humble (Gerlach et al, Vol. 5). Shakespeare, however, had other ideas. He created women of self independence and wit, of attractiveness and defiance. He challenged the pattern of compliance, and replaced it with strong intelligent women capable of leading their own stories (Dash, Introduction: Their Infinite Variety). In the essay written by Irene G. Dash, the title says it all, Introduction: Their Infinite Variety. Shakespeare’s female characters are not bound to the renaissance standard of women, but explore the endless variety of characteristics humans are said to have. Dash writes, “In personality they vary. Some are warm, delightful, friendly; others cold, aloof, and scornful. Some speak with confidence; others with diffidence” (Dash, Introduction). In…

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