In this play, Shakespeare looks at the themes of womanhood, patriarchy, courtship, and marriage, which are topics prevalent in Elizabethan Era. Amongst citizens, the topics hold strict beliefs in the public space. This play that illustrates a woman with such self-control and individualism, get forced into the life of a weak woman beholden to her husband. A once strong and domination female character.
Book: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Almost in every play of Shakespeare we can see the dominance of males over women. In his plays women have no right to say what they think or what they want. They are always expected to be faithful to their fathers and husbands.
William Shakespeare is a rich and suggestive author in terms of alerting students to issues in women's studies and gender ideology. Although Shakespeare reflects and at times supports the English Renaissance stereotypes of women and men and their various roles and responsibilities in society, he is also a writer who questions, challenges, and modifies those representations. His stories, as we all know, are used in secondary and college classrooms even today and, thus, afford opportunities not only to understand Renaissance culture better but also to confront our own contemporary generalizations about gender, especially what it means to be female. In his own time, Shakespeare seems to have been raising questions about the standard images of males and females, about what the characteristics of each gender are, about what is defined as masculine and feminine, about how each gender possesses both masculine and feminine qualities and behaviors, about the nature and power of a hegemonic patriarchy, and about the roles women and men should play in acting out the stories of their lives. Since feminist criticism today focuses on many of these same issues, we can bring such critical inquiry into the classroom by asking straightforward questions of and about Shakespeare's stories. Defining what a female was supposed to be and do was an act of Renaissance culture, as it has been for other times.
Depending on the genre of the play, sexuality and gender are used as either a tool of manipulation, a form of propaganda or sometimes both. During the time of Shakespeare, there was a social construct of gender and sexuality norms just as there are today. There was a hierarchy of sexes and each had their own role in society. Men were masculine, they were not ruled by emotion, they were strong and hard working. Women belonged in the home, they were ruled by men and by their emotions and therefore were thought to often make bad decisions.
A look at male gender roles in Shakespeare’s Renaissance
While the role of women in the Renaissance is mentioned highly, men are neglected in analytical views of the culture. However, the male gender role in the Renaissance is a very interesting subject. Not only are there male gender roles for men, but the cross-over of male gender roles for masculine women also plays a big part in Renaissance culture and literature. However, the social norms for men have changed little from the Renaissance to present day.
Pictured: Woodcut of Mary Frith smoking a pipe and holding a sword. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. It followed that women were understood as being weaker, more prone to psychological and physical ailment and in need of supervision, control and at times restraint by the one true sex, men. Regardless, it was standard theatrical practice for men to portray women on stage in mannerism and in costume and for playwrights to write towards this expectation, just as it was convention for audiences to be fully aware of this practice. Pictured: Sarah Bernhardt portrays the title role of Hamlet
The scene on hand features Penny (Cuoco) and Leonard (Galecki) in a hotel room delivering their lines before Galecki gets choked up and apologizes.
Jim Parsons in seiner Paraderolle als Sheldon Cooper. Das reicht den Serienmachern aber offenbar, um dem Physiker einen eigenen Ableger zu widmen.
Iain Armitage und Jim Parsons werden in der Rolle des Sheldon zu sehen sein.