Elizabethan Gender Roles

1781 Words Mar 16th, 2011 8 Pages
Gender Roles: Shakespearean and Modern During the Elizabethan times, there were many issues facing common people and William Shakespeare. An important issue that played a part in everyday life for Elizabethans, whether rich or poor, was the difference between men and women. Gender roles have been debated throughout history and are changing everyday. Although modern American gender roles are much more defined and different than Elizabethan times, if Shakespeare were to live today, his writing would have been very different. Gender roles are something that affect every aspect of life, in Elizabethan times and present day. Although the differences between eras may seem immense, modern America has similar morals and ethics to Elizabethan …show more content…
Homosexuals are fighting for their rights in court, but since the fear and hate of them is still bad for most people, they are losing (“Homophobia”). Considering women in Elizabethan times were looked at as weak and helpless, there are many differences between gender roles in Elizabethan times and today. One major difference is the way that husbands treated their wives (“Elizabethan Women”). . In the Elizabethan Era, men treated their wives as if they were servants in the household, making them complete all of the domestic chores around the house. This gave men the idea that women were their property, hence the thought that women were weak and helpless (“Marriage and Family”). In modern America, a man treats his wife with respect, and as equal as every other person in society. This gives off a different idea than Elizabethan times; this idea is that women are strong and confident. Men also had a head-of-the-household status in Elizabethan times, which gave them control of everything that went on in his house (“Marriage and Family”). In present day America, women are often the head of the household, because women usually tell men what to do and when to do it. Gender roles have changed to the highest extent since Elizabethan times, which gives women greater opportunities to contribute to society. Back in the Elizabethan Era, women were restricted to jobs only in the domestic field or housewives (“Elizabethan