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Essay Women in Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Miranda in The Tempest

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Women in Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Miranda in The Tempest Treatment of women has evolved much since Elizabethan England. As a preface to the dissection of this Tempest -- specifically, the character of Miranda, Shakespeare's role for women as a whole have to be addressed. According to Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz's introduction of Woman's Part, "patriarchal order takes different forms and is portrayed with varying degrees of emphasis throughout the Shakespearean canon" (5). In the middle of the patriarchy, where do women stand? What social assumptions guided the pen of the great English poet and playwright as he wrote The Tempest? Lenz discusses that "In the comedies women are most often nurturing and powerful; as their values educate the men, mutuality between the sexes may be achieved" (6). However, "in tragedytheir roles are at once more varied, more constricted, and more precariousthey are condemned for acting, accused of being deceitful even if they are not" (6). Why the canyon between the two? How does Shakespeare reconcile women in what The Norton Shakespeare terms a romance play? Given the tragic outcomes of certain female characters (i.e., Desdemona and Juliet), sexuality has to be promptly considered. Desdemona's "jeopardized" fidelity ignites Othello's murdering hands. Her sexuality controls him. In the exact same manner, it might be argued that severe sexuality is the compulsion of Romeo and Juliet. Considering the brevity of their relationship, which implies the lack of shared memories and the absence of mutual and intimate knowledge, one may deduce that all they really can share is bodies. And it may be precisely their bodies that drive the entire relationship and tragedy. In Woman's Part, Paula S. Berggren r.. .

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