Even highly educated scholars now often ignore the fact that in Shakespeare's day, boy actors took the young women's roles. No female actor was permitted to perform the female roles until 1662. However, Shakespeare several times makes actual textual references to this odd-seeming form of representation not only in the comedies, but also in the more serious plays. This job explains this premise.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 4:45 pm ad1c9bdddf
The solution is to be aware of the textual references and bring them to your tutor's attention. The best example in all of Shakespeare is a daring piece of metatheatre in Act 5, scene 2, with Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra, realizing that her life is ending, fears the mockery and ...
Shakespearian androgyny is encompassed.