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The Renaissance Vs. Modern Day Life

How the Renaissance time period in England compares to modern day life in the United States
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Sierra Eastman

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The Renaissance
Vs.
Modern Day Life By: Sierra Eastman How the Renaissance time period in England compares to modern day life in the United States. Education Family Roles/Responsibilities FOOD Politics Religion Medicine Chivalry Fashion Social Classes Modern Day
Romeo and Juliet Stories Sources How did the Renaissance influence Shakespeare's writing? Conclusion Monarch- the king or queen
Nobility- lords and ladies of the land who were rich and powerful, by birth or grant from monarch
Gentry- Knights, squires, gentle men and women who did not work with their hands for a living but became wealthy with work
Merchants- gained wealth by increasing prices of goods from other countries
Yeomanry- farmers, tradesmen, and craft workers who lived comfortably but could be in poverty at any time
Laborers- artisans, shoemakers, carpenters, and brick masons who worked with their hands for a living, servants and beggars are also included During the Renaissance, arranged marriages were very common. Also, women were expected to get married and have children at a young age. The women stayed home with the kids while the men went to work. Modern day families are different because both parents have the choice to either stay home or work. Also many families only have one parent and people choose whether or not to be married or have kids at all. http://thelostcolony.org/education/elizabeth-era/ http://www.noblesandcourtiers.org/elizabethan-england.htm Although there are many differences between the Renaissance time period in England and modern day life in the United States, they are very similar. Many things from the Renaissance have influenced our modern day lives, and the things that we do and have now are developed from the society back then. I think that the Renaissance influenced William Shakespeare's writing in a major way. His plays, especially The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, reflect the things that were going on in that time period. There are examples of the social classes, family roles, fashion (in the movie), politics, and other things, in the play. If Shakespeare had been writing in another time period many things would have been different. The Renaissance had a major impact on his writing. During the Renaissance, education was for only people who could afford it. For boys, there was classical education based on the Latin language or education through apprenticeships for boys who planned to pursue a trade. Although only the boys were formally educated, girls of wealthy families, could be taught by a private tutor. Others were only educated in practical matters at home. Modern education is similar to the Renaissance, in the fact that we are taught mostly the same subjects. It is different because now, both boys and girls can go to school. We also have much more advanced technology, and school supplies. http://edhelper.com/ReadingComprehension_54_497.html Like many other things, the availability of food was based on social class. The primary foods were meat, bread and fish, which everyone ate, though the quality and quantity varied. Things like spices and butter were only for the upper, wealthier classes. Also foods grown from the ground, and dairy products were only eaten by the poor. Food was home grown or purchased from small markets. What people drank and how many times they ate were also determined by wealth. Upper classes drank ale, wine, mead, and beer, while the lower classes could only drink ale or mead. The upper classes ate three meals a day and used glass and silverware. Lower classes ate two or three meals using wooden dishes. It was also important that these feasts were appealing to the eye. Modern day food is the same as food in the Renaissance, though we go about it differently.We get our food from grocery stores, and although anyone can eat whatever they want, the amount of money someone has still determines what they eat. Also our food now is more processed and most of it is packaged and ready to be bought in the grocery store. http://www.pbs.org/empires/medici/renaissance/index.html http://www2.springfeild.k12.il.us/schools/springfeild/eliz/elizabethanmedicine.html Monarchy- Queen Elizabeth I , the ultimate decider,but not above the law, and could be brought to court
The Privy council- group of advisers, purpose was to give numerous opinions to the queen, but her decision was final
Parliament- group of representatives that dealt with financial matters and was used for passing laws. Was split into two sections, the Upper House of bishops and aristocrats and the Lower House of the common people.
Local Governments- every country had royal representatives,
regional governments oversee parts of England that the Privy Council couldn't supervise, manors were run by nobility and gentry, and each city and town had its own government lead by a mayor
The judicial system- made up of several courts that each handled different types of cases We are now ruled as a republic/democracy. Our president is chosen by the people, and we have three branches of government that balance the power so that no one person or group is in control. Clothing was based on social class. Wealthier people wore silk, satin, and velvet, while the poor wore clothing made of thin linen. Men and women had to dress a certain way based on Queen Elizabeth' demands. Men Women In modern times, people can wear whatever they want. Our clothing is a lot different than what people wore back then, and although we still use some of the same materials, there are many more types and styles to choose from. There are many examples of modern day Romeo and Juliet stories. Teens who love each other but their parents don't approve, so they run away to be together or commit suicide together. These stories are similar to Romeo and Juliet, in the way that the people love each other so much they would rather die than be apart. During the Renaissance The Roman Catholic church was a dominant force and controlled most aspects of peoples lives. Other religions weren't accepted, but as the church gained power it became corrupt and people broke off from the church. This was called the Protestant Reformation. http://library.thinkquest.org/C006522/religion/overview.php In modern day time, people have freedom of religion, and many more religions are accepted now, that were not accepted during the Renaissance. Medicine, in the Renaissance was not very advanced. They had cures that were only mixtures of different herbs, and were usually home remedies. Also there were 4 different medical professions.
Physicians- licensed doctors
Surgeons- not licensed, usually operated under a physicians supervision
Barber- like a surgeon, but were only allowed to practice blood-letting and tooth-pulling
Apothecary- made and distributed medicine Our medicine now is much more advanced. We have hospitals and our doctors and nurses are all licensed and well trained. We still have people like apothecaries, called pharmacists, but they can only give certain medicines if you have a doctors perscription Renaissance chivalry was a code of conduct that all knights had to follow. The code included what a knight should act like and be to his people. http://modernchivalry.org/code.html Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live during the Renaissance? You would think that the Renaissance time period is very different from modern day life in the United States, but its not. There are many similarities between the two, and the Renaissance has greatly influenced how we live today. We no longer have knights, but their are different codes we have to follow that guide our lives. Examples would be a school dress code, or requirements for a job.
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