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Christopher Marlowe and the Elizabethan Era

A school project on poets and literary periods.
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Katelyn Etelaaho

on 4 June 2013

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Christopher Marlowe and the Elizabethan Era By Katelyn Etelaaho The Elizabethan Era 1558 - 1603 Queen Elizabeth I was the ruler Issues in Elizabethan Society The issues included:
Inequality
Widespread disease
Religious discrimination Inequality Gender Inequality
In this era, women were subservient to men and their opportunities were limited.
For example, they were not allowed on stage so men had to play women’s parts.
Strict Class System
In the Elizabethan Era there was a very strict class system and lower classes were restricted.
For example, the colour of their clothing was dictated by law. Widespread Disease Illnesses:
Many diseases existed that have since been eradicated such as the bubonic plague, dysentery and typhoid, which caused the mortality rate to be high.
Basic Medicine:
In the Elizabethan Era there were only very basic medicines including arsenic and dried toad. Religious Discrimination Protestants vs Catholics:
Elizabeth I tried to restore power to protestants.
This led to a social, political and religious struggle, causing Catholics to be treated unjustly. Changes Taking Place New laws were being made to help the poor and needy, due to their vast numbers.
Sumptuary laws were made to ensure people were punished for stealing and to control their behaviour.
There were many new ideas in science and literature. Astrology became more popular and some important scientists were discovered such as Galileo. There were many new inventions including the flush toilet, telescope and pocket watch. Political Situation Elizabeth I was the queen.
Religion was very important, but the queen was prejudiced against Jews and Catholics.
The lower classes did not receive representation in government. Cultural Situation There was a very strict class system. The lower classes were treated unjustly and struggled to make a living, whereas the higher classes had an abundance of food, money and clothing.
There was a lot of poor people. Significant People Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth was the queen in this era.
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Drake was a politician and sea captain. He was second-in-command against the Spanish Armada.
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Raleigh was a poet, soldier and explorer, among many other things.
Mary Queen of Scots
Queen Mary was the queen of Scotland. She also plotted to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth Sir Drake Sir Raleigh Mary Queen of Scots The Mood of Society The mood of society was very dull, depressing and fearful.
There was a high mortality rate due to many severe illnesses and very basic medicine.
There was a lack of equality due to a strict class system and injustice to the many poor people
There was also fear because the people of this era had many superstitions and beliefs, as well as strict punishments for wrongdoers. Christopher Marlowe 1564 - 1593 Poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe's Life He was born in Canterbury in 1564.
He attended school in Canterbury and went to college in Cambridge.
Marlowe received two degrees in the arts.
He was an agent in Elizabeth I’s secret service.
After 1587, he went to London and began writing plays.
He got into trouble with the authorities due to his violent and disreputable behaviour.
He was killed in 1593 by Ingram Frizer at a lodging house when a fight broke out over the bill. Marlowe's Influences Marlowe was influenced by the struggle for power between Catholics and Protestants. This was portrayed in some of his works.
Social inequality also influenced Marlowe. He worked hard to achieve a higher social status. Social mobility and it’s consequences is explored in some of his plays.
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