While audiences and scholars may be tempted to view the women of "Richard III" as secondary characters taking passive roles, a challenging point of view is that they are in fact outspoken and active in doing as much as they can within their given circumstances.
Mary Kelly’s "Post-Partum Document" in Conversation with Susan Silton’s "A Potentiality Long After Its Actuality Has Become a Thing of the Past"
"It would almost be funny, how fragile a man and his ego can be, if it weren’t so very literally deadly. She never used to think of it as anything more than catcalls, mere shouting voices, side-eyed glances, all cast into the darkest pits of her memory."
Measure for Measure opens on a character renouncing his position and relinquishing his power. But does he?
"By placing black male bodies into the classic framework of portraiture, Kehinde Wiley asserts that there is something inherently noteworthy about blackness."
“It is from the beginnings of Western society that we can observe a scathing remark can go unpunished so long as it is accompanied by a joke.” On Molière, satire, and power.