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Challenging Gender Stereotypes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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Jacob Mann

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of Challenging Gender Stereotypes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Challenging Gender Stereotypes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Much Ado About Nothing
Beatrice Vs. Hero
Feisty, witty, independent
Disregards love
Refuses to get married
Powerful example of a character who challenges gender stereotypes
Resembles step in a new direction for the equality of women
'That I were a man'
Benedick's masculinity
'Context is everything'
Gender roles greatly differ between nowadays and 1598
15th and 16th centuries were patriarchal societies
Women were raised to believe they were inferior to men
They had no choice in marriage & expected to have lots of kids
Women's honor based on; Virginal chastity
Men's honor based on; Social rank & Camaraderie
Challenging Female Stereotypes
The most important scene in the movie a in regards to challenging female inequality and subordination
'That I were a man' used in many contexts
Beatrice challenging and standing up against the inequality and subordination of all women (Stereotype)
Challenging Male Stereotypes
Info
Directed by Joss Whedon, 2012
Original play by William Shakespeare
Written between 1598 - 1599
During the Renaissance and Elizabethan Era
Betrice and Benedick
Main Characters and Couples
Claudio and Hero

Opposite to Beatrice
Quiet, content and obedient
Falls in love at first sight
No say in marriage
Represents the conventional women
Conforming to all the stereotypes
In contrast, strengthens Beatrice's character
Challenges male stereotype of honor and Camaraderie
Benedick contradicts his original decision
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