English Language and Literature


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Surely, the frequent occurrence of "margin" and all of its forms in these examinations of 7 Henry IV is not accidental; the play's female characters are undoubtedly marginalized. Only three appear, and so to begin with, the male characters predominate. Because the depictions of men are more readily available, the men themselves are diverse: their personalities, views, and behaviors completely individual. For the women, however, there is very little room for diversity; while there are undeniable differences amongst the three women presented—while they come from different backgrounds, exist in different social settings, even speak different languages—each is "but yet a woman," marginalized (2.3.99). Therefore, despite their differences, the women are collectively "women" and can offer, really, only one view onto their collective abuse.

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