Relationship Between Parent And Child Essay

858 Words Apr 18th, 2016 4 Pages
In modern society, the relationship between parent and child is an ever-changing one, parents have to be different things for their children as they grow up, be it a teacher, confidant, or disciplinarian. In Elizabethan England, the parent child relationship was based on the fifth commandment, which stated, “Honor thy father and mother” but most importantly was “honor thy father.” Elizabethan at this time was a patriarchal society and, “Daughters are perhaps the greatest victims of a patriarchal family and Elizabethan daughters were no exception” (Singh, 33). Prospero and Miranda, the father and daughter in William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, are an example of a relationship between a father and daughter in Elizabethan England, however they were slightly different from the norm of their time.

During this time in England, “Women in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey men” (John Knox). A female during this era were regarded as “the weaker sex”, both physically and emotionally. The women always needed a male figure to look after them—if they were single it would be her father or male relative; and if they were married it was her husband. Everything was based on the male line and females were treated as inferiors.
Marriage in Elizabethan England was based on political power and social climbing. Fathers tried to marry their daughters off to acquire more land, titles and increase social status, but they also had to provide a dowry for their daughter. A dowry…

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