Certain types of female characters often resurface in Shakespeare’s plays, telling us a great deal about his view of women and their status in Shakespeare's Time:
- The Bawdy Woman: the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Margaret in Much Ado about Nothing or Audrey in As you Like It.
- The Tragic Innocent Woman: Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, Lavinia from Titus Andronicus or Ophelia from Hamlet.
- The Scheming Femme Fatal: Lady Macbeth from Macbeth
- The Witty, but Unmarriable Woman: Katherine from The Taming of The Shrew
- The Married Off Woman: Miranda in The Tempest, Helena and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing.
- Falsely Accused of Adultery: Desdemona from Othello
Image: Romeo and Juliet, Stratford, CT. 
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