It is curious to note the role of women in Shakespearean literature. Many critics
have lambasted the female characters in his plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic
portrayals of subservient women. Others have asserted that the roles of women in his
plays were prominent for the time and culture that he lived in. That such contrasting
views could be held in regards to the same topic is academic. It is only with close
examination of his
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society’s established roles if
it serves their needs and wants. The entire concept of choice and free-will, of which
Shakespeare was so fond of, applies as equally to his feminine characters as to his
masculine. It is this very important point which establishes the conclusion that
Shakespeare did indeed create realistic and meaningful female characters.
Peralta, T. “The Taming of the Shrew.” English 28: Shakespeare’s Plays. Cerritos
College. Norwalk, CA, Fall semester 1996.