Theme Of Women In Romeo And Juliet

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How does William Shakespeare present the female characters in ‘Romeo and Juliet’? ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a play written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan Era, the plays shows a tragic love story between the two main characters. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was written at a time when women were very insignificant and often disrespected by men. They were forced to obey the men and their parents and were often forced into marriage early with families of the same or higher status. Disobedience against these people was seen as a sin against their religion. In this play, all female characters are portrayed differently but all refer back to the context of when the play was written. For example, the female characters are presented as very obedient, subservient and inferior.…show more content…
Juliet is expected to be obedient and subservient as she is a women in the Elizabethan Era. She often displays these qualities throughout the play, For example when her mother inquires about Juliet's’ thoughts on marriage, Juliet obediently replies with “I'll look to like .... But no more will I endart my eye than your consent gives strength to make fly”. This demonstrates the fact that women in the Elizabethan era were very inferior to their parents. As the play goes on, Juliet's character changes into a more rebellious character. An example of when she becomes rebellious is when she is disobedient to Lord Capulet when he arranges a marriage for Paris and Juliet. “Not proud you have, but thankful that you have”. Her relationship with the nurse proves that the nurse was the one that took care of her during her childhood instead of Lady Capulet. She is looked down upon by her own parents as they don't even want to take care of her. This conveys the fact that the Capulets were wealthy and of course that in the Elizabethan Era you would force women to work for you and take care of your own
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