Introduction: As you know, a misogynist* is one who has an underlying hostility towards women. Bella's study was asking the question: "By studying Shakespeare's work's, can we discover if Shakespeare was a misogynist?"
White Rose Discussion Question: What does the topic that Bella choose to write her English term paper on, TELL US ABOUT BELLA?
Extra credit question: What do YOU think, about her question? " 'Was Shakespeare's portrayal of women misogynistic?"
Our gifted Bella had virtually memorized every line of Romeo and Julliet. But she had undoubtedly read all of Shakespeare's big 15 plays. And quite possibly several more of his 38 published plays. As our gifted girl mentally scanned through the Bards plays which one or two do you feel that she paid particular attention to, to help her solve her question "Was Shakespeare a misogamist?
The big 15 are : Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Othello, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice Richard III. Henry the V.
As always we sincerely look forward to learning your opinion.
I agree with your powerful point that we have to be careful and not let relativism cloud our opinions. (relativism (as you know) is judging others, not by the standards of their times and cultures, but rather by our own)