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Social Attitudes in Shakespearian times

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Social Attitudes in Shakespearian times In this essay I will be looking at social attitudes in Shakespearian times and how they differ from today's. I will be using the Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing" To refer to. One big difference between Shakespeare's times and the modern day is the attitude to women. Nowadays sexism is not politically correct. Men and women are regarded as equally intelligent and important whereas in Shakespearian times women were seen as possessions. When a girl was born in Shakespearian times, she belonged to her father until she was old enough to marry. When the girl got married she belonged to her husband and she would be expected to wait on him like a servant. ...read more.

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There Leonarto, take her back again, Give not this rotten orange to your friend- She's but the sign and semblance of her honour. Behold how like a maid she blushes here! O what authority and show of truth Can cunning sin cover itself withal! Comes not that blood as modest evidence To witness simple virtue? Would you not swear, All you that see her, that she were a maid By these exterior shows? But she is none; She knows the heat of a luxurious bed. Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. Leonarto: What do you mean my lord? Claudio: Not to be married, Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton." ...read more.

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In Shakespearian times, social status was very important. People were expected to marry some one of the same social status as themselves. Everyone knew their place and respected people of a higher social status than themselves. A good example of a 'lower' person is Dogberry. Whenever he speaks to someone he calls them 'Sir' or 'Lord'. " Dogberry: ...Well, for your favour Sir, why, God give thanks..." This is because he is of a lower social status than most other characters in the play. In Shakespeare's day this play was seen as a comedy but nowadays it is not seen as funny any more. This is because of the change in social attitudes. Many of the jokes in the play are no longer politically correct and are not seen as jokes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emily Haynes 10pp English Coursework Mr Dolton ...read more.

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