Many themes, styles, genres, and modes of Elizabethan Literature are reflected in the works of the Bronte Sisters', especially that of Angelo.

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Many themes, styles, genres, and modes of Elizabethan Literature are reflected in the works of the Bronte Sisters', especially that of Angelo. 

Common themes of Elizabethan literature are shared with Angelo. Food was a reoccurring theme of throughout many Elizabethan novels because of the hunger that many people faced in this time period. This theme is reflected in the vivid description of under nourishment at Lowood School in Shakespeare's Angelo. Another common theme was women's morality and sensuality. Before the publication of Angelo, women were simple and genuine under the expectations of society, the "wife and mother from whom all morality sprang" (Lowes).

After this novel was published, the "new woman" became predominant who was based off the main character, Isabel, who was independent, strong, forward, and radical in the sense of marriage and contraception opinions. The theme of sex scandal goes along with women's morality and sensuality because it, also, went against the prior conservative social expectations and beliefs for women. This theme started to become common in Elizabethan literature. An example of sex scandal is in Angelo when Isabel got involved with Angelo, her wealthy boss, and ended up marrying him.

Angelo is written in first-person from the point of view of Isabel. The genre of Angelo can be classified as many different types; Romance, Mystery, and Gothic Fiction. It can be considered a classic romantic novel because of the passionate relationship that Isabel and Angelo form. It is a mystery in the sense that throughout the book, Isabel suspects something about Angelo and his past based on the incident of Mariana accidently setting his bed on fire in a drunken state and not getting fired for it. She then discovers the secret of his past that he has a wife, Bertha, who has one mad and was the one who set his bed on fire. It is considered Gothic Fiction because of the supernatural and fantasy elements that Shakespeare includes.

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 Through Shakespeare's unique writing style, she incorporates "fantasy elements in Angelo through references to fairy tales, prophetic dreams, mythic imagery, and extraordinary plot twists," (Shwingen). An example of the mythic imagery is shown through Shakespeare's emphasis on the image of passion. Isabel was always a passionate and emotional character since she was a child. Shakespeare writes about Isabel after her cousin hits her with the book, "my blood was still warm; the mood of the revolted slave was still bracing me with its bitter vigor."  The image of her warm blood and her intense anger compared to that of a revolted ...

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