Essay # 2 Changes and Continuities in Women’s Public Roles During the Renaissance

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Essay # 2 Changes and Continuities in Women’s Public Roles During the Renaissance

There was a drastic change for the life of women from the latter part of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This change didn't help the women at all. In fact, the change was more and more of a declining change and less of an uplifting change. The way that women were viewed in the Renaissance took a huge decline from their social status during the middle ages. The aspects that contributed heavily to the typical women during the Renaissance were her roles in the marriage, her looks and character, and her working landscape. During the Renaissance, marriages were extremely typical and similar, especially for the women in those marriages. Women usually took a "backseat" and let the men do most of the work. While the men took control of all the decisions that he felt were bet for the household, the women were "required" not to take part in any decision-making. This was because it was the norm to see women as inferior to their male counterparts in these areas. Women were simply very submissive to their husbands, having to obey every one of his commands and having to refrain from doing everything that displeases him. Women just had to live through control their whole life, as they are controlled by their fathers through childhood and by their husbands during marriage. In addition, the looks of women also contributed to her life during the Renaissance. The looks of the woman weighed heavily of how she was viewed in society. Her beauty was one of the few positives about her characteristics. There was a huge need for the woman to be beautiful if she wanted any sort of recognition in the society. However, looks weren't the only factor in which would determine the amount of attention the woman would gain in the society. Her personality was also another factor weighed in with her physical looks. She was commended for having a personality that was "drawn-back;" such as being timid, submissive,...
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