Romeo and Juliet: Context

  • Created by: keiraelvy
  • Created on: 05-04-18 16:29
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  • Context
    • Family
      • The father was undisputed head of the house
        • For a daughter to speak out against their father, it was seen as disrespectful to them, and their family name
      • Women had no rights or authority in law. They could only influence their husbands
        • Women were often belittled and not seen as important in a Renaissance society
      • Children were regarded as property.
        • When the daughters were "ripe" enough to be married, their fathers would choose who they were to marry - securing and retaining wealth.
          • For a daughter to speak out against their father, it was seen as disrespectful to them, and their family name
        • Higher status children were often raised by a 'wet nurse' and didn't have strong bonds with their parents. This was common for wealthy families
    • Shakespeare
      • Grew up during the Renaissance
        • Very religious era - religion was very important
          • Catholics and Protestants would often argue. They couldn't be seen with each other not could they mix.
            • If they did, they would be sentenced to death.
              • Much like the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.
      • Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in full knowledge that the story he was telling was old, clichéd and easy target for parody
        • Which although some parts were offensive - and some are seen as disrespectful now - to an audience during the Renaissance, they would have found it extremely entertaining

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I will add to this if I find any extra important contextual information (:

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