AS Shakespeare 2000 word coursework - Hamlet/Much Ado

'Women of Shakespeare's time were regarded as possessions of men and were conditioned to be submissive; Shakespeare presents women as such in his play' To what extent do you agree with this statement? Got full marks, so enjoy!

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'Women of Shakespeare's time were regarded as possessions of men and were conditioned
to be submissive Shakespeare presents women as such in his play' To what extent do you
agree with this statement?

While the plays Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing have contrasting genres, one being
a tragedy, the…

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The juxtaposition of characters, such as Beatrice and Hero, effectively enhance this idea of
goodness. Beatrice's outgoing, crude and scurrilous demeanour, standing up to men, even
going so far as to outright insult them ('Scratching could not make it worse, and 'twere such
a face of yours' ) is a…

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cousin, to achieve this goal? If this is the case, the theory of Hero's goodness being an act is
fortified, if she can fool her cousin, her closest friend, then surely she can fool everyone else.

Is this also the case with Ophelia? One could argue that by being obedient…

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the disastrous wedding Act 4, Scene 1), but also shows her ability to stand up to men, when
before she would only do as her father ordered.
However, Ophelia is the most violent example of man's influence on women. Every
unfortunate event that happens seems to be in direct relation…

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him you sweet heavens!' 'Heavenly powers restore him!'. Whereas in act 4, scene 5, she
does not look for such heavenly support, in the time when she requires it most. Instead of
singing the Lord's praises, she sings ballads with vulgar and sexually oriented meanings. The
line 'Young men will…

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instead she spirals into insanity. Perhaps her madness is her freedom, or perhaps it is her
death.
In my opinion Shakespeare presents women not just as a narrative device to further the plot,
but gives them complex personalities and a variety obstacles for them to conquer, or be
defeated by,…

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