In reading through my old blog posts a second time, I find a few similarities, that I adore strong female characters that push against the stereotypical feminine mold, and that I love comparing the women in the stories to the men. My first post discusses sexuality and love in Twelfth Night, where I delved into both Orsino’s relationship to Viola (and her alter ego) as well as the relationship between Antonio and Sebastian. I used Shakespeare’s sonnets to highlight that Shakespeare is not unfamiliar with pushing against the heterosexual constructs that most would adhere to in his era. My second blog post was on Much Ado and the maturity of the characters in the play and how the men and women interact due to this, and how the characters Beatrice and Benedict constantly defy their own stereotypes of their own personalities by saying they hate one another and then being so easily manipulated into loving one another. My third post was on Emilia and how her entire speech defies all social constructs of the ideal feminine with the idea that men and women are ultimately equal, particularly when both have, or are considering adultery.
As a theatre major, I have an intense interest in characters, and I feel that is definitely shown in my blog post. I could always go further in my analysis of these characters, or perhaps consider delving into other characters, including more male characters. In reading my blogs, I also noticed that I seemed to have a more difficult time writing the Twelfth Night blog. This could be jotted up to just not know what I wanted to say for my first blog, perhaps I could have spent a little longer working on the subject and would definitely consider going back and working on the subject of love and sexuality in Twelfth Night again. In truth, I would love, in general to continue working on writing about these strong female characters, as they often, in my opinion, propel the work and keep them as popular female archetypes, and favorites for actresses, even today (I for example REALLY want to play Lady Macbeth [Macbeth], Emilia [Othello]], and Tamora [Titus Andronicus]) . I would also love to write about the idea of gender swapping in performances of the works, such as Prospero as Prospera in The Tempest, or a male Hamlet for a female Hamlet and how that would effect the story line and the characters interactions with the rest of the ensemble.