In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting two relationships. The first is the Macbeths from the play ‘Macbeth’, written by William Shakespeare in England in the 1600’s however the play is set in 11th century Scotland. In 17th century England there were many changes. Queen Elizabeth 1st had died leaving no heir and was succeeded by James 1st. He was a Scottish king who sought the return of traditional gender roles
| Had proved wrong by the ambitious and unmarried Queen Elizabeth. The second relationship is the Bumbles from the novel ‘Oliver Twist’, written by Charles Dickens in Victorian times and was published in a serialized form. In these two texts I will be commenting on love in the relationship and how the relationship develops throughout. I will also be looking at setting, form and the language used in the two texts.
| At the time of Macbeth, women were expected to be sub-servant to men. At the time of Macbeth many people believed in God and if a woman tried to change her place in the great chain of being for example not be sub-servant to her husband she would be defying god as he was at the top of the chain. However at the time in which Oliver Twist was written many people no longer believed in
| God so therefore did not fear the great chain of being. So women were not expected to be sub-servant and it was more common for women to be independent, some of which even fought for equal rights for example the suffragettes. In Victorian times many people married not for love but for social and economic stability. This can be related to Dickens as he was in a loveless marriage
| At the start of the relationship the Macbeths’ seem to have a great deal of love for each other. This can be shown in Act 1, scene 5 when Lady Macbeth is reading a letter her husband has sent her. In this letter he calls his wife, “My dearest partner of greatness”, which is a term of endearment expressing love. In this letter he also shares the news of his new Thane ship and...
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