Gender Identity in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
“Some time Boy grewn up to be women.And Girl grewn up to be boy”
For identities defined by to whom one is romantically or sexually attracted, see Sexual
identity and Sexual orientation. In most societies, there is a basic division between gender aspect
assigned to males and females, a gender binate to which most people mind and which includes view
of masculinity and gentelness in all aspects of sex and gender biological sex, gender name, and
gender style. Some societies have third gender categories.
In later twentieth century gender has become so much of important to Shakespeare’s scholars.
Modern commentary has focused on a variety of issues related to gender, including relations and
conflicts between the sexes, the concept of what it means to be masculine or feminine, and the
ambiguous ground where differentiation between the sexes blurs. Additionally, many critics have
taken an interest in the historical component of gender on the Elizabethan stage, noting, for instance,
the fact that female roles were originally performed by young boys. Also, gnome have probe
Shakespeare's ideas about gender integrity as they emerge over time in the different dramatic genres
he produced, from the early comedies to the histories and later tragedies and romances.
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