I’m curious about a section from Julius Caesar. It’s in act two, scene 1.
Spoken by: PORTIA, wife to Brutus
Bolding Mine. ( Did Shakespeare use bolding?)
I interpret this as: “Don’t judge me as a woman, but as a competent human being. See how competent I am, I gave myself this gash on my leg! If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.”
I have found one interpretation that basically goes like this: Shakespeare was gay and this is one example of how he portrays women as nearly psychotic while simultaneously demonstrating his revulsion with the female body ( Portia lifts her ‘skirt’ to reveal a bleeding gash).
Neither interpretation makes much sense to me. Maybe borderline personality disorder was seen as a sign of maturity back in the day…?