A Reading of Shakespeare’s Three Female Characters â€“ Hermione, Portia and Calpurnia
(A statement) is sexist if it contributes to, encourages or causes or results in the oppression of women. (Mills 83).
For many years, humanity has been ruled by a patriarchal society. In the male dominated society, women have been viewed as objects, marginals, subalterns or inferior human beings. Shakespeare’s tragedies are monolithic and the heroes occupy the centre and the women characters get a subordinated treatment. The heroes are given a free ‘voice’ but the women are simply their ‘echo’.
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