William Shakespeare's 'Absent' Mothers in Six Plays

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In this ten page paper the plays King Lear, Henry IV Parts I and II, As You Like It, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew are compared and contrasted in terms of their absence of mothers and its effects upon nursing, childbirth, child rearing, mothering, and parenting and whether mother substitutes emerge in any of these plays. There are no other sources listed in the bibliography.