Life In The 16th Century Essay

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Life in the 16th century had many aspects that determined life experiences though gender roles, social status, and religion; which gave everyone completely different life experiences.
To start with, gender roles in the 16th century played a vital role in life experiences. The main responsibility of a husband “in the accepted role as head of the household was to give moral direction to his wife and children” (Best, “The wife’s status”,http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/family/status.html). Men plowed the land, raised and slaughtered livestock and provided shelter for their families. On the other hand, as a wife, woman was to “submit and subject herself to her husband in all such duties (Dodd and Cleaver “A Godly Form of Household Government,” 1). A wife’s household obligations were to prepare food, birth children, and have a “managerial role” over the household (Best, “The Housewife’s Economic Importance”, http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/huswifery/economicimportance.html). Men had the experience of outdoor labor and time outside the dwelling to provide for his family as the head of the household; and women experienced being subservient to her husband and administrating the home. Although women did work outside the home, her work was considered to be unskilled and was not recognized as vigorous physical labor.
Secondly, social status gave a significant difference in life experiences. After a day of work men of the community would congregate in a bar-like atmosphere. The wealthy, nobles, spent time outside of work at taverns that catered “food and drink” to them (Best, “A Tavern Meal”, http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/city%20life/tavern.html). A noble was giving rations and beer also was served by a “tapster” giving them a high class experience (Best, “A Tavern Meal”, http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/city%20life/tavern.html). In contrast, the lower class went to “alehouses” were they served “cakes and ale” (Best, “A Tavern Meal”, http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/city%20life/tavern.html). The “less affluent”, because of their social status, received a lower class experience in a type of tavern. Children also had diverse experiences when it came to social status. Children of nobles “were usually sent to another nobles house to be trained in the decorum of noble behavior” as a type of boarding school (Best, “Children”, http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/family/children.html). The lower class children were...

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