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Romeo and Juliet Coursework By Nazreen Kosar Hussain I have been assigned with a task on the play Romeo and Juliet written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Within my assignment I have to write about the way in which females are seen to assume a secondary role and what William Shakespeare might be trying to say about the role of women in society. Romeo and Juliet was first published in 1599. It is set in early 13th Century Verona. Although William Shakespeare is writing about the early 13th century the way in which he writes about women is how they were treated in the 16th Century. In this era women were seen as child-bearing objects, their principal roles being that of a mother and a wife. In this quote Sampson actually says those women are objects to adore and to admire. "Women being the weaker vessel Are ever thrust to the wall." (Sampson) Act 1 Scene 1 At this time "love marriages" weren't really seen as relevant or necessary. ...read more.

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Furthermore Lord Capulet and Lord Montague have larger roles than their wives, even though the question of marriage is normally discussed by both parents. This reveals the value of a women's opinion in this period of time. An important factor to consider is that even though Juliet has been asked for her hand in marriage she has not seen much of the world or even of the area that she lives in. Properly she has only perhaps gone to worship and confession at Friar Lawrence's cell. "My child is yet a stranger to the world, She hath not seen the Change of fourteen summers" (Lord Capulet) Act 1 Scene 2 Shakespeare portrays through these lines that in this era women were kept within the boundaries of their home. Put side by side with a child of today Juliet's social life is very limited and restricted. Throughout the play most men treat women as if they are show pieces there for the admiration of men. ...read more.

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The nurse is also the person who tells each lover who the other one is. Conclusively I feel that Shakespeare's play does convey the message that in the 16th Century women were show pieces and only good enough to play mother and fulfil the desires of men. I also agree with the fact that in this play females are seen to assume a secondary role. I also think that females were discriminated and prejudiced and males should have given them equality and rights. If this happened the whole ending and outcome of this play could have been different. I think William Shakespeare is trying to portray women as something that you put on fireplaces as a piece of decoration. I think he is also trying to say that they were treated like fireplace ornaments as well. They were restricted from a lot of things including their rights. Overall women were treated like toys when you need to play with their there and when you don't you can put them away for later. ...read more.

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