Women served inferior roles in Elizabethan England. This society thought of women as property to men. “There was little dispute over such arrangements as Elizabethan Women were raised to believe that they were inferior to men and that men knew better.”(Alchin 1) They were socially restricted their entire lives. Anything outside had to be chaperoned. These injustices were major, and had an impact on almost everything concerning women during this time.
In the sixteenth century the role of women in society was very limited. Women were generally stereotyped as housewives and mothers. They were to be married, living their life providing for her husband and children. The patriarchal values of the Elizabethan times regarded women as the weaker sex.’ Men were considered the dominant gender and were treated with the utmost respect by females. Women were mainly restricted within the confines of their homes and were not allowed to go school or to university, but they could be educated at home by private tutors. Men were said to be the ones to provide for their families financially. Women were often seen as not intelligent. Property could not be titled in the name of a female within the family. Legally everything the female had belonged to her husband. Poor and middle class wives were kept very busy but rich women were not idle either. In a big house they had to organize and supervise the servants.
The Elizabethan Era is often referred to as the Golden Age of England (A Changing View...). The Elizabethan Era, named after Queen Elizabeth I, was a time of change and discovery (Elizabethan Superstitions). Elizabeth ruled in a time of religious turmoil; both the Catholics and Protestants fought to be the official religion of England. (Elizabethan World View). Many people throughout England struggled to find the “correct” religion (Elizabethan World View). Religion was changing and so did science. During the late 1500’s science began to evolve; new ideas, concepts, and beliefs were starting to emerge (A Changing View). Magic was considered to be very similar to science in this era. The belief in magical creatures served as the roots for
A monarchy is a governmental system that has one person as the permanent head of state until he or she dies or gives up his or her position. Typically, the position of monarch is hereditary, as is the case with famous monarchies in the Greek period. The term is often used to refer to a system of government, in which the monarch such as a king has absolute authority, but many monarchies are limited or constitutional monarchies in which the monarch has restricted power and might even be mostly a figurehead rather than a ruler.
Monarchy A monarchy is a form of government in which the ruling power is in the hands of a single person. Monarchy comes from the Greek terms monos and arkhein. It is a form of in which the people are led by a king, usually with the help of a council of advisors. He takes power legally and his sovereignty hereditary. The ruler is empowered to remain in power for life. One citystate whose government was a monarchy was the city-state of Corinth. Aristocracy
Though women in the Elizabethan Era hardly married someone for love, they often did marry to improve their position in society. By this, women could gain immense authority over their household and those in it. After the husband, the man of the house, of course, the wife had the most authority over the estate. The woman had power over the servants, so it was her job to watch over them to see that they completed their jobs properly and timely. In addition, the lady must watch over her ladymaids to keep them out of trouble and even help them find suitors to marry themselves.
It was very clear back then what expectations were desired of men and women. Men’ role in society was going of to work to provide for their families, whilst the role of women in society was to learn to keep quiet and to maintain a good household. By law there were certain jobs that women were prohibited to work in, some of these include medicine, law and politics. It would all depend on one's social class what sort of an education one would receive. Elizabethan women from wealthy and noble families would sometimes be privileged by having a minor education, whilst the lower class Elizabethan women would receive none of any kind, instead they were taught household duties (Sharnette, 2). In Elizabethan history, women who were not married were considered threats to society as they were seen upon as witches. There are many cases of women being persecuted and hunted as witches then burnt to the stake for their presumed crimes. Women in that era were taught to know their place as inferior to men. By law and with acceptance from the parents girls from the age of only 12 were allowed to get married (Lin, 1). The church that played a massive role in society and everyday life expressed that; “ Women in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey men”(John Knox). In Elizabethan society men were completely dominant over women and there was no say in the matter. Family fortunes would be passed on from male hair to the next male hair even if the women were older and seemed entitled to it. The only exception of this rule was the monarchy (Sharnette,2). Therefore there was no chance in thinking that women could freely decide to take up a career on stage as a talented actress, women were put in their place and were made to stay
In these times many women would not be allowed to go to school and would have to manage the household of the family. However “women who come from wealthy and noble families were sometimes allowed the privilege of an education but were not welcome to attend universities but could still finish education, In these times Manners, Etiquette and dancing skills were of great importance.” Women at the time did not inherit anything from the family if there was a son, no matter the age or amount of women and men in the
The Elizabethan theater became a central part of social life in Shakespeare’s time and was a form of entertainment that took people’s minds off the daily hardships during the Elizabethan era. The Elizabethan era is known for its English nationalism and advancements of arts during the English Renaissance. Because of this, the Elizabethan era is considered to be the height of the English Renaissance.
The Elizabethan World view was in an area where lots of changes occurred and where much excitement, anxiety, and misunderstanding took place. The Elizabethan world view took place during 1558-1603. This was when Queen Elizabeth took the power.
Elizabethan Society was a period of time which included a heavily misogynistic culture that than be seen in many works of literature. Women of this time were taught that they were inferior to men and this lead to a submissive role in society. The church even twisted passages from the Bible to fit this agenda of woman being subservient to their husbands and males in general. During this era, men reigned superior to women and they were expected to marry and ultimately bare children and live a life of dependency on their husbands. Women of both high and low status were not permitted to go to universities and instead had to be taught by tutors who visited their homes; this lack of proper education contributed to their inferiority to men.
The Elizabethan era was essentially named after Queen Elizabeth I, it lasted as long as she reigned (1558 – 1603). However, when Elizabeth first became Queen there were aggressive protests. She had passed a law requiring everyone to belong to the Protestant
Imagine living in a time period where women were expected to less than men and everyone was separated by the amount of money they made. In the Tudor era also known as the Elizabethan era there was an unmarried woman on the throne in the Elizabethan England. The roles of women in this society were very limited. Men were the main ones allowed to work while it was a must the woman were housewives and mothers. Let’s not even get into how many kids women were expected to have.
A monarchy can be defined as a society that has the power in “the hands of one man” (354). A monarchy can be either hereditary or elective. A hereditary monarchy has the power fall to the monarch’s heirs while an elective monarchy has an election for the successor upon the monarch’s death (354). People are generally accustomed to a monarchy because that is what they are use to by nature. Men made the mistake of thinking “by nature government was monarchical and belonged to the father” (337).
Nowadays only forty three nations still use monarchy from all over the world, but what is monarchy ? Monarchy is a form of government where you have all the power concentrated in hands of a single person. “The King”. Monarchy was the “form of government” most used until the 19th century. There are two main types of monarchy... Absolute monarchy and Constitutional monarchy. In absolute monarchy all the power is given to only one person, the executive power, legislative power and legal power. On the other hand constitutional monarchy is completely different... Here the King or Queen dont have absolute power because the country also have a government with a prime minister. It is like a mixture between monarchy and democracy, a lot of countrys