Arranged Marriage In Elizabethan Era

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CHAPTER 2 - MAIN THEME: POSITION OF FEMALES IN BOTH THE ERAS The women during Elizabethan era were dependant on their males relatives to support them. They were used to forge alliances with other powerful families through arranged marriages. Women were generally tutored at home as there was no schools for girls. They can not heir to their father's title. They were not allowed to have vote and were not allowed to enter politics. Moreover, they were not allowed to act in theatres. "Women in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey men." Women were expected to obey the male members of their families without question. They have had to learn how to govern a household and become skilled in all housewifely duties. Their education would…show more content…
Desdemona, as Othello's wife, is treated as his possession : he implies that she is a commodity to be guarded and transported. The word 'use' has been used which connote the phrase 'look after' but also supports the expectation of women- that they are to bow to the wills of their husbands who may utilize them as they wish. Marriage has been described as an act of 'purchase': a woman is bought by her husband, effectively as a favor and is expected to fulfill his sexual desires in return for the…show more content…
In the modern era, feminine domination is reflected in the emotional side of the characters. The factors that help the female control and practice power over the male ones are social state, attraction and education. The emotional side of the male characters is exploited by their female counterparts for certain ends. These ends include humiliation, needs-fulfillment, possession and outletting repressed feelings and emotions. The above mention factors turn means rather than hopeful ends for female characters. They grant the feminine world superiority over the masculine
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