William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Romeo And Juliet Essay

1224 Words May 30th, 2016 5 Pages
During playwright William Shakespeare’s time, the Elizabethan Age, there were strict gender roles for both men and female. In his some of his memorable writings such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, traits considered feminine or masculine were often crossed over despite the gender of the character. Shakespeare is known as a modern writer in the sense that many of his ideas were unlike others from his time, but relate very much to ideas today. The theme of gender, their roles in society and their stereotypes are prominent in his works but are often bent and altered. For example, in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth “wears the pants” in their relationship as she plans many of their endeavors, a role not done by women at this time. It is clear that Shakespeare had a clear understanding of what was expected from each gender and their desires, but also wanted to challenge those beliefs. “Although Shakespeare reflects and at times supports the English Renaissance stereotypes of women and men and their various roles and responsibilities in society, he is also a writer who questions, challenges, and modifies those representations” (Gerlach, 1996) From the beginning of mankind, men and women have been assigned expectations in which they must live up to in order to exist in society. It is something which makes humans so distinct from other living things, we naturally categorized everything from our clothes to other people. During the Elizabethan Era or the Renaisance in which Shakespeare lived,…

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