In Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet the play is based upon two star-crossed lovers whose families dislike each-other for reasons that were failed to mention in the play. Even though the feuding and love is the main idea of the play they’re some things you may notice about the way woman are portrayed in the story. In the drama they’re four female characters who interpret different eras of time for example medieval and other old fashion periods. Shakespeare wrote his play in the 16th century, at a time where the only role woman had were to be the submissive induvial to their husband and a mother to their children. Woman were expected to meet the principles of society and were treated as possessions of any male figure that they we married to or birthed by. Fathers were the main advocates responsible for their daughters’ weddings and this was usually condoned for financial and social gain for the family. Specifically, in this particular play the prejudicial treatment of woman is portrayed through different female characters in the play for example Juliet, Lady Capulet, juliet’s nurse, Rosaline and Lady Montague. These five women all specify the different level of regard they get in return for their magnitude. Article The Violence Of Romeo And Juliet states how “Dreadful” the women’s lives were due to the free and unappreciated labor they had to maintain due to their motherly & wifely duties. Unlike most women today the women of the 16th century was not as fortunate to choose their husbands and to pick their own way of existing. Other than having children on indication, cooking and cleaning when told and being commanded to do redundant chores females were the so to say slaves of their own time (16th century). As the newsletter The Balcony explained “being a woman in the medieval times were like being a well-treated slave” well treated meaning same standards only different consequences. Not to be vulgar but say perhaps you’ve made a mess in the kitchen while trying to prepare a dinner for your family and as an upshot you’re getting beheaded for being “rebellious”. A cliché to most but it was an essential product of what they called castigation. Castigation meaning to punish in order to correct, as they would put it if they were ever questioned about their hostile penalty towards the subtle women. As the aggressors, the males are the shot-callers and were supposed to take charge over and in every situation. They were in total control of their woman and his every wish was her command. This lifestyle was created to engrave the man’s name as the masculine one who would always protect and defined. The man is obligated to protect his own at all costs except when he is contravened by his wife. For example, at the beginning of the drama when Lord Capulet was in a brawl he asked his lady to grab his sword to defend himself and his family. If Lady Capulet was to defy she would either have been beheaded or beaten, raped etc. the article Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance brings to the readers attention that the realism of the play caused female actors to envy the drama because they felt as if they were being mocked based upon their brutal reality. The women who went to perceive the drama bought tomatoes and other things to pitch says ALAAFIA-WRITERS : The Treatment Of Women In Romeo & Juliet.
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