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The Roles of Women in the Elizabethan Era

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Ashley Rowell

on 10 December 2013

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The Roles of Women in the Elizabethan Era
Facts about Women's Roles
Roles of women in society were very limited.
Many women in this period were highly educated, women could to go to school or college, but they could be educated at home by private tutors.
Elizabeth was tutored by Roger Ascham.
Men were considered to be the leaders and women were their inferior.
Women weren't allowed to enter the professions of law, medicine, politics, but they could work as cooks and maids.
Facts about Women's Roles (cont.)
If a women was single her brother or father were expected to care for them.
When they are married the husband has the responsibility.
Women could not inherit their father's land.
Women couldn't vote.
There was no divorce in the Elizabethan Era.
If a women became separate from her husband she was forced to obtain an annulment (meaning their marriage wasn't lawful.)
The Roles of Women....
Relations between Elizabethan Times and Shakespeare
A woman in Elizabethan times got married at a young age. This shown in the play Romeo and Juliet when Juliet's mother and the nurse talk to her about marriage. (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 63-67)
Once a woman was married in the Elizabethan Era she was no longer able to get a divorce. If Juliet joins her hand in marriage with Paris (who her parents want her to marry). Juliet could never get a divorce to marry her true love Romeo. (Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 4-12)
Woman back then needed to be looked after and were known as the weaker sex. The Nurse goes to visit Romeo and while she is out Peter has to follow and look after her.(Act 2, Scene 4 , Lines 112-114 )
Comparing The Elizabethan Times with Romeo and Juliet
Women or should we call them girls because at the age they were forced to get married was young, Often they did not want to. Juliet states, "That married is an honor she does not dream of." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 68)
Women could not enter any professions however they could be maids in Elizabethan times. In Romeo and Juliet the Nurse follows Juliet around and is her servant. (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 70)
Shakespeare Did Relate to his Audience
We believe that in Romeo and Juliet related to the audience by showing what the true roles of women are. Women were treated as second class citizens and thought as good for only two things which is marriage and baby making. Also, the women got auctioned off to the best man her family thought suited her. The one thing he fell short on, was that women were known to be very smart but not allowed to go to school. Therefore they would be self taught at home and we would expect to see Juliet being taught in the play.
Thomas, Heather.

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If a man abused his wife he could be put to death.
Women could not inherit their father's land.
General men were expected to be the breadwinners and women to be housewives and mothers.
Poor women jobs were domestic services only.
Our Questions to you?
1.If a women was single, who was to take care of her?

2. Who was Elizabeth tutored by?

3. Were woman allowed to vote?

4.Who chose who the woman would marry?

5. Was there divorce in the Elizabethan time? If so how did they get out of it?
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