Children in Elizabethan England Essay

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When researching daily life in the Elizabethan Era, there were two prominent social classes throughout most of England. The upper or noble class families were akin to today’s upper class. However, the low-class families were much different from today’s low-class families. The gap between the two classes was so huge and a majority of England was impecunious. Most of the low class was orphans, abandoned wives, widows, the infirm, and the elderly. Each class, even the ones in the middle would despise anyone in a class lower than their own (Forgeng 21). Due to a lack of education, an overload of household responsibilities, and a lack of social acceptance, low-class Elizabethan English children were unable to flourish. One of Queen …show more content…
Scholarships were very hard to come by and because of an inability of education; most low-class children stayed at home learning about the lifestyle of the poor class (Forgeng 57). “For Elizabethan children, like children today, the early years were primarily a time for exploration, play, and learning. During this time children would explore their world and begin to learn some of the basic tools of interaction” (Salisbury and Morris World Wide Web). After six, boys and girls would begin learning life skills and most of their days were filled with household responsibilities. While wealthy boys began schooling, the low-class boys would learn to work. A child’s work would begin within the home and family. Young children would complete light tasks within the house or they would help with any younger siblings. In the rural area, children would be expected to work harvesting, binding and stacking grain when it was in high demand (World Wide Web). Young girls were taught how to run a household and the skills necessary including cooking, basic medical skills, dyeing, and spinning. To bring extra revenue into the home, children would help their mothers by carting wool to be spun into thread (World Wide Web). In the book Daily Life in Elizabethan England, Jeffrey Forgeng describes the coming of age from a teen to an adult:
During the teenage years, several points of passage marked a young man or woman’s integration into the
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