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Essay heading: Androgyny: Will of Shakespeare's Female Characters
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Issue: Shakespeare
Written by: Jodi Cocagne
Date added: July 1, 2009
No of pages / words: 6 / 1437
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Shakespeare used Portia and Viola’s character’s to liberate women from one certain set of characteristic traits by broadening their human characteristic traits through their male disguises. In a sense then, Portia and Viola are liberated “from the confines of the appropriate” (1). Portia and viola are both aware of the social posturing of men...
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Each is very careful to hide her true self. In The Merchant of Venice, Portia devises a scheme to protect her wealth, status and power she has become accustomed to love. She uses trickery to get what she wants in the end which is two gains; protection of her status, wealth and power and she ends up the heroine...
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