Essay on Morality in the Elizabethan Era

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Morality in the Elizabethan Era

Values and morals of the Victorian era are quite different than those that our society upholds today. The satirical plays, A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, and Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, examine the problems with certain beliefs held by the people, both men and women, of the Victorian age. Furthermore, the people in general didn't not just hold certain morals, but the different classes in the Victorian society also held their own beliefs on moral code. Of which, the middle class beliefs are most closely examined in both plays. Men and women were expected by others in Victorian society to uphold certain moral behaviors. These expectations caused many problems for the individual that upheld them
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This time the women are seen expecting the man to care for them, like in Freddy's case. "You really are very helpless, Freddy. Go again; and don't come back until you have found a cab"(Shaw 574). Because Freddy is a male, he is expected by his mother and sister to find a cab for them in the rain when there are none in sight. Even on the streets men will defend women who they don't even know. "What business is it of yours? You mind your own affairs....Nice thing a girl cant shelter from the rain without being insulted,"(Shaw 576). Bystanders noticing the flower girl is upset by the note taker, they defend her, if she were a man they would have expected her to fend for herself. The second requirement that makes a man a man in Victorian times is his perfect family. "There they are!...Look at them, Christine! Aren't they darlings?"(Ibsen 19). Nora is showing off her perfect little children to her friend Mrs. Linde. "Yes, take a good look at her. I think she is worth looking at. Isn't she charming, Mrs. Linde?"(Ibsen 53). Torvald is now showing off his prize trophy, his wife, as if Mrs. Linde really cares. With a perfect wife and children Torvald can be seen as a true hard-working, good man. Yet, many times these seemingly good values are flawed underneath. There are many problems with these values imposed on men in Victorian times. In the case of protecting his woman, we see Torvald's true 'colors' in the end of the play after he discovers Nora's

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