Discrimination Of Women During The Elizabethan Era

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Throughout the Elizabethan era, men had more advantages than women. William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew has characters such as Petruchio, Baptista, Katherine, and Bianca that show how men overpowered women. During the Elizabethan era, there was heavy sexism. Women were discriminated. Through Shakespeare’s language, men could speak to and about women in a disrespectful and derogatory manner. Women were voiceless and deprived of their right to speak. Women were inferior to men. During the Elizabethan era, through Shakespeare’s language, and in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, it is proven that men had more advantages than women.
People in the Elizabethan era demonstrated the heavy sexism during that period in history. During the Elizabethan era, there were not many expectations for men. They were allowed to do and say a lot more than women. It was considered a crime to insult men. Men also had a lot of freedom. Women did not have that luxury. They were not allowed to speak their mind. If they did, they would be judged, or even punished. They were expected to just be a spectator. People probably knew that women should have equal rights but they got so used to it that they eventually found it normal for women to be treated poorly. “Women were taught that they were inferior to men – indeed, that they were the one imperfection created by God (Roberts, Russell, pg. 37).” It was perfectly normal for a man to disrespect and mistreat women. It was so normal that it was being taught to children. Even if they were not taught, they would eventually learn that those were the rules. For example, in Katherine’s speech in (V.ii. 152-95), she talks about how mush a man is worth whereas in the beginning, she did not care. Katherine eventually learned what was “right”. Women were also not allowed to enter professions like law and medicine. They also could not act. Only men were allowed to act. Women had to work as cooks or maids. Men were very important in relationships. Women without a husband suffered the most. In the Tudor society, they did not have many avenues open to single women. However, a man without a wife is no different than a man with a wife. Men had many more advantages than women during the Elizabethan era.
Men had the authority to say whatever they wanted to, no matter what it was. Although they were allowed to do a lot more that women, they were also allowed to say a lot more than women. Men did not really have boundaries when it came to speaking. They were allowed to speak their mind and have an opinion. Men could speak to and about women in a disrespectful and derogatory way. Women were also allowed to have an opinion, but they were not allowed to express it to others. Women were voiceless. They were deprived of their right to speak. The title itself, The Taming of the Shrew, already proves how strong men were compared to women during that time period. If a woman wanted to speak their...

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