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Shakespeare’s use of women in The Merchant of Venice
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In Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare characterises three women: the fair lady Portia; Nerissa her maid; and Jessica, the Jew Shylock’s daughter. Shakespeare uses women in the play to question stereotypes against women and also to explore their role in society contextually by looking at women from three different classes. By portraying women in this fashion, Shakespeare intended to capture a wide audience in the context of the Elizabethan times, while also addressing social issues.
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