Shakespeare and His Women
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From Shakespeare’s sonnets we can discern that his attitudes to sex were unconventional, but a playwright’s words have to be filtered through his actors and in his early plays the women tended to be uncomplicated creatures; It may be that the arrival of an especially talented boy actor provided opportunities which Shakespeare was not about to overlook. Hence Rosalind, Portia, Hermione, Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, among many. But before rushing to judgement one has to explain how, when and why he tamed the shrew.
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