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GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ITALY 1200-1400
Transcript of GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ITALY 1200-1400
All actions are made to show one is more powerful then another.
Women are made to conquer, not to love.
Men make actions without 2nd thought of morality and consequence.
Men without this instinct are not considered men.
Jokes are made to be inferior.
Detachments are a necessary thing.
Grooms, on the average, were 14 years older than their brides.
Noble women sometimes didn't marry until the age of 24, but this was rare.
More than 3/4 were married before they reached 19.
By today's standards, western Europe was inhabited by the young, with more than half of the population under 20 years of age.
The world of men in Verona is founded upon violence, sexual domination, and conquest.
Every action taken is an expression of comparing oneself to another and the driving need to be proven more powerful.
However, Romeo challenges this idea of masculinity and is portrayed with more feminine and submissive traits.
He speaks with poetic melancholy contrary to that of other men.
Differences in Women
Women of Verona are considered to be a completly different class in comparison to men.
They are thought of as inferior, weaker, and more as objects to posses.
Shakespeare portrays Juliet in a way that defies these standards for women and gives her an uncommon strength contrary to society.
Women are considered the exact opposite.
They act humiliated and weak everywhere.
Are abused by men.
Act as housewives.
Never get a say in anything.
Cook. Cook. COOK!!
Always look dirty.
During meals, they are treated as maids.
Marriage laws began to evolve during the Renaissance.
The Council of Westminster decreed in 1076 that no man should give his daughter or female relative to anyone without priestly blessing.
Later councils would decree that marriage should not be secret but held in the open.
But it wasn't until the 16th century Council of Trent that decreed a priest was required to perform the betrothal ceremony.
Separation of couples was tolerated, but there was no legal divorce, though betrothals between those who were too closely related, could be annulled.
Gender Differences in Italy 1200-1400
Differences in Men
'Hen' or bachelorette parties are a recent innovation that started in America in the 1970s.
In Italy these parties are an opportunity to have a nice dinner and fun with friends, even the ones who are not invited to the Wedding.
A night out with friends that usually happens one or two weekends before the wedding.