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They are considered no less than a man, being skilled in desired profession and working in many fields around the globe. They are provided equal rights and can freely participate in all sectors of the society. However, this wasn&#39;t the situation in the Shakespeare’s era. He wrote his plays for a different audience where the women were considered a little better than slaves living in jail. In order to fully understand the influence of his stories on the society, we have to turn back the hands of time.\nSurprisingly, Queen Elizabeth I held the monarch for over 40 years (1558-1603) while on the other hand a common woman was thought of almost as a worker without salary (Flores). They were confined to the house to take care of the children. The head of the house was the father and ruled over his wife and children. It was legal for a husband to beat his wife (Kemp). On one hand, boys pursued their studies happily while their sisters were not allowed to be schooled beyond the basics. There was no profession that allowed women to participate and become self-sufficient. They were only taught how to run the household, which included helping her husband in what he did. \nAt this stage, we might be able to imagine the feelings that a woman went through; not being able to study, always considered as a low status human being, treated like a slave and most importantly having no will of her own because she was ‘’just a woman’’. Today, when we hear someone treated unjust because of their skin tone, race or physical disability, we consider it as injustice to humanity but try imagining almost 50% human population being unjustly treated just because they were women. If some courageous woman did stand up to demand legal rights, she was punished with public humiliation and abuse (Flores). Women at the time of Shakespeare were always underprivileged in society, whether it be household activities, legal rights or education. \nWilliam Shakespeare is considered as the most popular love poet of his era who made profound contributions to promote the real meaning of a man and woman relationship. Despite the fact that women roles were played by men, Shakespeare made sure that point was put across. Many of his couples, such as Lysander and Helena, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello and Desdemona married for love rather than financial means and inheritances. \nHe always spoke for love towards women and gave them respect. This is obvious while reading “Othello”. Play starts by portraying women just as ordinary women in that society. But towards the end of act IV, Emilia talks to Desdemona and says:\nLet husbands know, \nTheir wives have sense like them; \nThey see and smell, And have their palates both for sweet and sour, \nAs husbands have (IV.3.92-5)\nThis tells us that Shakespeare is trying to convince the audience that the women are no different than men physically and should be treated equally in the society. Then Emilia goes on explaining that men are mentally weaker and cannot control their desires with logical thought:\n‘They eat us hungerly [men], and when they are full,/They belch us’ (III.4.101-2) \nIn that era, these plays and stories provoked women to question the invalid male dominance in the society and to prove that they were capable of doing what men did.\nIn conclusion, it is important to understand the role of a woman in our society. 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