I'm not exactly sure why. It doesn't present many of the elements generally admired in drama.
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Examining the Relationship between Genre and Gender in Shakespeare byKristen Kurzawski Overview Shakespeare plays can be a challenge to teach, but they also give teachers the opportunity to teach a range of skills and concepts.
The variety in technique, language, characters, allusions etc. Every year I teach my senior English classes the tragedy Macbeth. At the end of the unit I feel as if my students enjoyed the play, and yet I feel that their learning lacks a certain depth of knowledge.
My yearly dissatisfaction led to the birth of this The importance of reputation in shakespeares. It centers on two plays by William Shakespeare, first the tragedy, Macbeth, and then a comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.
The addition of the comedy is meant to add the depth of learning which I crave for my students. This will allow us to study the conventions of two Shakespearean genres, and examine the effect of those conventions on the characters. Specifically we will look at how the genre influences the gender roles in the play.
Rationale Genre is an interesting concept to examine with any text. Many students have been trained by teachers to identify a variety of genres, but few students seem to think about how the conventions of a particular genre function.
Take for example the "bad guy" of the mystery novel.
It is understood by the writer and the reader that this character will be introduced early in the novel. Any mystery writer who breaks convention and does not introduce the character within at least the first half of the book is cursed by the reader as a cheat.
While we all know about this convention of the mystery genre, few of us consider what this convention forces within the text.
What kind of character must it be? What kind of relationship will that character have with the protagonist? How long has the protagonist known this person? These problems and many others must be solved in a specific way to meet the needs of the genre.
The reader wants to try to guess who the bad guy really is, but it must be a believable answer and not too easy to figure out. The conventions of the genre force the writer to create a certain kind of character who then must play a certain role.
This is how genre works. It is a title for a series of conventions and the reader, or in the case of a Shakespeare play the audience, expects those conventions to be adhered to.
This concept forms the basis of this unit. While learning the conventions of Shakespearean tragedy and comedy, the students will examine how those conventions force characters of a specific gender to behave in certain ways.
It is my belief that in most cases the way men and women think and behave in Shakespearean comedy and tragedy is decided by the conventions of the genre.
Interestingly enough, the two plays I have chosen to teach seem to flout the conventions of genre. It is true that Shakespeare's plays overall break convention, yet even Shakespeare adhered to the basics of the genres of comedy and tragedy.
While little is known about his life or education, his plays seem to indicate that he at least had indirect knowledge of Aristole's The Poetics and Greek and Roman theatre. Even with his knowledge about the traditions of certain genres, it also seems clear that he tried to reinvent the genres to a certain extent.
The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth are plays where, when considering gender, many believe the characters break out of the constraints of genre. This problem is actually one of the reasons I wanted to work with these plays in my classroom. I want my students to recognize the obvious problems Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Kate, and Petruchio pose when considering the influence of genre on gender roles.
Close examination of these characters will force a close examination of the function of genre. Other plays follow along rather easily with the conventions of genre and may not create the opportunity for deep analysis and questioning that Macbeth and Taming do Romeo and Juliet being the one exception to this rule.
Deep analysis, questioning, and depth of knowledge are the motivations behind this unit, so that is why these plays, which seem to work against my theory, have been chosen as the focus. It is also important to note that while I as the classroom teacher firmly believe my theory is correct and works when applied to these plays, I would welcome a student who firmly believed the opposite and could support his or her opinion.William Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.
Though his actual date of birth is not known, it is traditionally observed on April 23, . William Shakespeare was born in April of to John and Mary Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon.
John Shakespeare was listed as a baliff in , and this position would have carried some advantages for the Shakespeare family (Wells, ). The title of "Measure for Measure" comes from the gospel of Matthew. The plot includes a passage where a hypocritical deputy sentences a man to death for fornication and then propositions a woman.
The main themes are associated with religion: morality, virtue, sin, punishment, death, and atonement. The Importance of Shakespeare. In a world where the quality of the art form called "writing" is so often said to be rapidly diminishing, it is important for scholars of English literature to retain some studies of the true classics, such as Shakespeare.
What does Shakespeare's Othello suggest about the importance of reputation in an individual's life? Reputation generates an individual's self-worth and a public image.
Shakespeare’s Othello. The following is one of my ultimate favorite essays covering one of my favorite Shakespearean plays: Othello.
Shakespeare is one of my favorite contents to learn about and one of my favorite subjects to teach.