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King -shakespeare presentation

  1. 1. Shakespeare’s Women<br />Kayla King<br />
  2. 2. William Shakespeare<br /><ul><li>Wrote plays in the 15th century
  3. 3. Known as a feminist of his time
  4. 4. Might even be the greatest feminist of all times
  5. 5. He made his women unique
  6. 6. But relatable to everyone</li></li></ul><li>His Inspiration<br /><ul><li>Wrote his plays during Queen Elizabeth Tudors reign
  7. 7. Had many interactions together through court and Shakespeare’s company performed for the Queen
  8. 8. Sparked the Elizabethan influence in his plays
  9. 9. He brings up the concerns of women in power and politics
  10. 10. Jane Dall stated “Shakespeare does give female protagonists power within many of his plays, and in his comedies, the female protagonists act in authoritative ways with success.” </li></li></ul><li>Lady Macbeth<br /><ul><li>Her character is controlling and manipulative </li></ul>towards her husband<br /><ul><li>She has the appearance of elegance
  11. 11. But in reality she is ruthless and unkind
  12. 12. Wants the power to the throne
  13. 13. Dr. Ronnie Bai says “She shows greater ambition, </li></ul>exercise her womanly power over Macbeth by questioning his manliness and fully displays her evil and cruel capacity.”<br /><ul><li>She manipulates her husband into killing a man
  14. 14. Her husband gets the crown
  15. 15. In return, ignores Lady Macbeth and she goes insane
  16. 16. Shakespeare uses political power as the fuel for Lady Macbeth
  17. 17. He shows her as a strong an independent woman, but falls short when she is unsuccessful in her attempt for power. </li></li></ul><li>Queen Gertrude<br /><ul><li>She has always had the power to the throne, but possibly with the wrong man
  18. 18. Her character is complex
  19. 19. We are not sure if she has to have a man by her side to live her life through or she is a conniving temptress
  20. 20. Shakespeare left her as a mysterious character </li></li></ul><li>Juliet Capulet<br /><ul><li>Her role is as a young girl who is oblivious to </li></ul>the problems of the world<br /><ul><li>She has exquisite beauty and loveliness
  21. 21. Shakespeare makes her unable to make decisions on her own
  22. 22. Needs guidance from those around her
  23. 23. She has had no life experience yet
  24. 24. When she meets Romeo she finds out what love is
  25. 25. Once she marries Romeo she “quickly matures into a new person who can think for herself and stand on her own” ( Staff)</li></li></ul><li>Miranda<br /><ul><li>She is a strong willed woman
  26. 26. The only person she knew was her father
  27. 27. Her perception towards others is compassionate and gentle
  28. 28. Simplicity is her life
  29. 29. Not knowing people all her life gave a depth to her character, “simplicity, is gentleness of disposition, flowing out in compassionate tenderness, and unrestrained by suspicion” (Richardson)
  30. 30. She is unable to comprehend other people’s emotions
  31. 31. Shakespeare chose not to make her character shy or timid, but rather confident and able to speak her mind. </li></li></ul><li>Isabella <br /><ul><li>Sister of Claudio
  32. 32. Her character is distinguished by her intellect
  33. 33. Shakespeare made her a morally sound and pure woman
  34. 34. She has amazing speaking skills
  35. 35. Is able to speak with meaning but still portrayed as feminine and sweet
  36. 36. “She is seen as the symbol of goodness and mercy set against a background of moral decay” (Richardson).
  37. 37. Her actions speak just as loud as her words</li></li></ul><li>Ophelia<br /><ul><li>Has the potential to be a strong heroine
  38. 38. Shakespeare does not give Ophelia’s character as </li></ul>much impact as the persona of her character has<br /><ul><li>The purpose of Ophelia is to show Hamlet’s “warped view of women as callous sexual predators, and the innocence and virtue of women” (Mabillard)
  39. 39. Ophelia loves him until the end, even with the way he acts towards her
  40. 40. She is the epitome goodness and is naïve towards the ways of the world
  41. 41. This is due to the fact that she grew up without a mother and was sheltered by her father and brother.
  42. 42. Due to this she gives them her undying love and is forever loyal
  43. 43. She does not partake in politics, but doe childlike activities
  44. 44. In the end goes mad after Hamlet is the cause of her fathers death</li></li></ul><li>In Conclusion<br /><ul><li>Every woman in Shakespeare’s plays is unique
  45. 45. The women have tragic endings, but their lessons have an impact
  46. 46. By the strong impact sometimes the man are not the stronger counterpart
  47. 47. Some of the women are young and naïve this was not a hindrance but instead a useful weapon to not see the world’s evil
  48. 48. Shakespeare wrote, “all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”</li>