A Golden Time: The Elizabethan Period of the Renaissance During the years 1558 to 1603, the age of the Renaissance had reached its peak. Many art forms bloomed and flourished, as did the trade and the economy. But this is mainly for England, the place from whence the Elizabethan period, the literary height of the Renaissance, had begun.
In Victorian Era there was a massive discrepancy between the places that a woman and a man occupied in society. Men had the power over everything. They monopolized the business sphere, while women were presumed to stay in the domestic sphere, to take care of the children and to wait the husband home with a hot meal. Women were owned all their lives: first by their fathers and then by their husbands. The man was thought to be superior to a woman.
Men are perceived by society as the brave ones; the ones who do what must be done in times of need. Throughout Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’, valiant actions are made in the notion that it's the manly thing to do . Consequently, Macbeth murders king Duncan as he deems it a necessary crime he must do as a man in order to fulfill his ambitions. During the Elizabethan era, anything that was brave, courageous, or took ambition was deemed a manly act. If you were a female, doing something that took strength would be seen as nonviable.
To what extent does your comparative study of Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen demonstrate that the conflict between an individual and society is an important universal concern? Through their respective works and texts, composers often illustrate conflict within the perspectives of both characters and responders. A close comparison of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen’, enables individuals to identify the disclosure of conflict as an important universal concern. Analysing the characterisation of Elizabeth and the didactic tone used by Weldon, conflict between an individual and society is revealed through the restrictions of marriage, rigidity of gender roles and shifting
In the 1920s and 30s, men did not treat women with much respect, and men did not allow women to do anything, other than be a housewife. Men took charge of women, and if women did earn any money their husband would take it away from them. Women did not have any rights, and nothing was done to change that for a long time. As women did not have a say, they continued to do as they were told and lacked a voice.
Despite that a single woman ruled England at the time of William Shakespeare, the Elizabethan society was still much patriarchal. Hence, it leads to the society being “Unfeminine Pursuits”. Based upon the historical context where Shakespeare had written Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth, as female characters are portrayed as subservient and unimportant as a whole while confronting the societal constraints. Since, Renaissance society did not traditionally value the freedom of women, although the ruling of this society was running by the “independent” women. As this society always portrayed the ideal woman who is beautiful and obedient while retaining her strength and independence.
Women in the Anglo-Saxon Era In the Anglo Saxon period did women play an important role? Literature in the Anglo-Saxon period women usually played a significant part. The roles of women impacted characters and plot points, women like Lady Macbeth with her ability to manipulate people, the old women from “The Wife of Bath” to the queen from “Gawain and the Green Knight” who gave Gawain all had an important role.
Women had a much higher level of recognition than in most other medieval societies. Any comparison of a Mongolian woman to an animal is extremely implausible and not supported by quality information. In fact, the Yassa, the major law codex of the empire, specifically prohibited treating women like property and other kinds of discrimination. Plural Marriage and having kept woman were allowed, but adultery in an official marriage was punished by death both for men and women. Children from concubines were often introduced into the family and allowed a share in inheritance.
THESIS STATEMENT In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare modeled the relationships between Hermia and Egeus, Titania and Oberon, and Theseus and Hippolyta after the Elizabethan hierarchy, yet challenged the traditional gender roles through his dominant female characters. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through critical analysis, historical reference, and literary interpretation, a comparative study between the Elizabethan era and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented to express Shakespeare’s literary objection to the tradition male hierarchy.
Othello, written by Shakespeare in 1603, is one of the most controversial and relevant plays Shakespeare has written. It explores themes such as gender equality and Jealousy that are still pervasive today. The movie O on the other hand is a contemporary version of Othello. It is the American version of Othello. It too explores the Major themes in Othello but (goes on a different path).