Women in an Elizabethan Society
8 ½ x 11-inch paper, Times New Roman 12-point font, one-inch margins on all
four sides of the paper, pagination/header in the upper right corner, and a cover sheet.
Going off of this thesis statement/intro that I already completed.
The Representation of Women in Elizabethan Society and Also in Shakespeare’s Tragedies In Shakespeare’s Elizabethan society, women were regularly portrayed as simply being mothers and wives. Women during this time had very little authority, independence, or recognition and mainly gained their hierarchy positions based on either their father, or their husbands, through marriage. In Shakespeare’s plays and writings, his portrayal of different female characters challenged the traditional role of women during this time period. In Shakespeare’s plays, Othello, Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night, the women transcend patriarchal standards in many different aspects. Shakespeare’s characterization of Desdemona as the virgin-whore archetype, while also allowing her to also challenge these patriarchal viewpoints, portraying Jessica and Portia as proto-feminist characters, and the motif of crossdressing and same sex desires, all helped in challenging the role of his female characters in a patriarchal society.
The Thesis is 30 pages and I have the first 10 complete and I attached my draft, feel free to work off of that.