Essay about William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

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An era that impacted and shaped the world for the decades to come, the Elizabethan Era was one characterized by British success, yet for women it was not as great as the world perceived it. Women in this era were considered inferior to men in all ways, they were expected to be married young, and to be completely subservient to their husbands, and those who were not, were typically burned at the stake as witches. Being a woman in those times was not exactly a pleasant experience, only the Noble women could be somewhat educated and that was only if their families thought it meanwhile to educate them. Women were not allowed to hold jobs, as their duty was to take care of the household, this made theater and acting exceptionally difficult, because the plays did include female roles, boys were casted and disguised in order to act as a woman, and some play-writers made their job exceptionally difficult. William Shakespeare was a actor/writer whose career flourished in this, one his famous comedies, “Twelfth Night” is perfect example of the difficulty actors faced, for the main character, Viola, would disguise herself as a man, this version of her called Cesario, in order to work at a Duke’s Court. This concept of a woman having a job was alien to this society, making William Shakespeare’s portrayal of gender roles in “Twelfth Night” show his nature as a feminist, a form of thought beyond his time, as Shakespeare lived in an era where women were not considered powerful. Female…

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