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Gender Roles In Elizabethan Times

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Pia Dobarganes

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of Gender Roles In Elizabethan Times

The men made the decisions and the
women were expected to obey them!
The men were expected to support the
family from a whole variety of
occupations. And they were expected to
improve the positions of all members of
the family through influence
and patronage from wealthier people
and families than their own. Men Roles: The Elizabethan life for men was one
of power, they had all the
authority, they were expected to
be the head of the family, and expected
to be obeyed. Wealth men would
generally become courtiers, diplomats,
clergymen or lawyers. There
were plenty of jobs for the poorer folk. Gender Roles in
Elizabethan Times By: Pia Dobarganes
Emilio Gomez
Rene Gerez Woman Roles: Elizabethan woman were raised to believe that they were inferior to men. The Church believed this and quoted the Bible in order to ensure the continued
adherence to this principle.. The protestant leader John Knox wrote: "Women in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man." They were totally dominated by the male members of their family.They were expected to instantly obey not only their father but also their brothers and any other male members of the family. The punishment for disobey was the
whipping stool - the Elizabethan girls were
beaten into submission and disobedience was
seen as a crime against their religion. Marriages were arranged to suit the family. Elizabethan women were expectedto marry to increase
the wealth and position of the family and
then to produce children. Family Roles: Elizabethan Family Life was extremely close-knit. Many of the major elements of Elizabethan family life were determined by whether the family was poor and belonging to the lower classes or whether the family was wealthy. Elizabethan family life was determined by the many laws of the land which dictated not only religion but also the types of clothes members of the family were allowed to wear. - They were not allowed to vote
- Not allowed to own a profession
- Not allowed to go to school or University (just private tutors)
- Not allowed to act
- Not allowed to own an estate Broadly speaking, female characters that sexually aware are more likely to be lower class. Shakespeare allows them more freedom to explore their sexuality, perhaps because their low-status renders them socially harmless. However, women are never totally free in Shakespeare’s plays: if not owned by husbands and fathers, many low class characters are owned by their employers.

Women in power are treated with distrust by Shakespeare. They have questionable morals. For example, Gertrude in Hamlet marries her husband’s murdering brother and Lady Macbeth coerces her husband into murder. For these women, the penalty for their scheming ways is normally death. Gender Roles in Shakespeare:
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