Gender and Sexuality Docx

By Ezeah Chisom


On the contrary, lady Would-Be, the second woman in the play is the opposite of celia. The play contrasts her marriage to sir politic would-Be _ a quintessentially English marriage – with the Italian marriage between corvine and celia. Lad Would-Be is more independent than celia, which reinforces the stereotype that married English women (contemporary women)were given more freedom than married Italian women. Lady Would-Be is able to wonder Venice on her own and she is seen without her husband just as often as with him (contrast this with celia who is prevented from even leaving her home). Lady would –be is much more talkative than celia, though the play doesn’t exactly suggest that this is a good thing. When lady would-be visits volpone he jokes in aside that she is so long-winded that he’s being tortured by her “flood of words”, and that, though he’s only pretending to be sick, she’s actually making him ill by talking ceaselessly.
The difference between celia and lady would-be illustrate different societal roles for women in Italy and England which suggests that gender roles for women in renaissance and modern era which suggest that gender is contingent, rather than biologically determined. In this way, the play challenges stereotypical gender roles and assumptions about women, though it sometimes affirms stereotypes too. At the very least, volpone complicates the role of women in society by showing that women like men can be well read, virtuous, well educated and well spoken.
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Published: July 17, 2017

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