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The Role of Women in Elizabethan England. Miss Royce. Woman as Object. Woman as object of gaze, men as those who look Woman is the object of affection, something to be obtained The physical, rather than the mind, is emphasized Modern examples:

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Woman as object
Woman as Object

  • Woman as object of gaze, men as those who look

  • Woman is the object of affection, something to be obtained

  • The physical, rather than the mind, is emphasized

    Modern examples:

    Billboard and magazine ads, scenes in movies and on tv


Shakespeare s juliet
Shakespeare’s Juliet

  • Father is to be convinced (by Paris) that she should be handed away, like she doesn’t have an opinion


Romeo loves the idea of Juliet more than he loves Juliet herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)


Woman as backdrop
Woman as Backdrop herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)

  • Woman takes the backseat to the man

  • Man ignores woman’s advice, feelings, emotions in exchange for maintaining a public image

  • Man’s career or reputation takes precedence over his relationship with a woman

    Modern Examples :

    Women in James Bond movies


Shakespeare s calpurnia
Shakespeare’s herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)Calpurnia

  • Symbol for the private, domestic realm (which takes a backseat to public affairs)

  • Calpurniais a powerless figure, willing though unable to help and comfort Caesar


Woman as virtuous innocent
Woman as Virtuous, Innocent herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)

  • So pure and perfect, so formed of gentleness and compassion, that her very virtues become the instruments of her ruin

  • Women who, though they may not always understand you, do always feel you, and feel with you

  • Voice is soft and flexible, she is pathetically graceful

    Modern Example:

    Adrienne in Rocky, MJ in Spiderman

    http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theatre_journal/v060/60.2.kahn.html


Shakespeare s desdemona
Shakespeare’s Desdemona herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)

  • She values simplicity, sensibility, and domesticity

  • It was the perfection of women to be characterless (she is identified largely in part by how she compares to the man


Woman as aggressor manipulative
Woman as Aggressor, Manipulative herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)

  • Manipulation is a large part of their role or their character

  • Ambition may lead to manipulation for personal gain

    Modern example:

    Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada


Shakespeare s lady macbeth
Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth herself (even before he knows her he wishes to touch and hold her, as if she is an object he is to obtain)

  • Consider the relationship between gender and power and how it influences the play

  • Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband beautifully by attacking his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove himself.


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