Shakespeare as a feminist
Many criticisms have been written about the portrayal of women in Shakespeare’s plays. Some have mentioned that Shakespeare’s female characters are more often overpowered by their male counterparts and that they play of little relevance to the ending of their corresponding plays. Contrary to this claim however, many of the women in Shakespeare’s plays were very essential to the plots, with which their absences could not have moved the story at all. This slide show will focus on women characters such as King Lear’s Cordelia, Macbeth’s Lady Macbeth, The Twelfth Knight’s Viola, Romeo and Juliet’s Juliet and Othello’s Desdemona which may have represented women during Shakespeare’s time a little differently. These were women who were instead of being merely “seen and not heard” have stood up for themselves or have, in a way, been empowered in pursuit of their specific goals.
Shakespeare might have been said to write for the male audience, but he has been called a feminist by some critics because of the portrayal of some of her female characters such as the aforementioned. The following are pictures of these ladies, who might have represented the some of the earliest signs of women empowerment.