William Shakespeare 's The Elizabethan Era Essay

1081 Words Apr 14th, 2015 5 Pages
To be or Not to be An extraordinary man once said, “Immature love says: I love you because I need you, mature love says: I need you because I love you.” Elizabethan era love was once a beautiful; yet deadly mix of sin and impassionate love. Most of this misguided love, revolved around money, social class, and religion. (Mahabal 33) One could say that love back then was not like the fairy tales that Disney projects it to be today. Just like how today’s marriages are an exciting, and important time in a woman’s life, it was also back in the Elizabethan era, just in different concepts. Although in our present era woman are free to marry whoever they want in their own free will, back then marriages were arranged by friends, relatives, and parents, not by the bride and groom. Marriages were used to enhance the social class of the families. (Mahabal I) By today’s standards we marry for love, it seems like the most reasonable thing to do. Two people joined forever in holy matrimony; only by death shall the two be separated. In the Elizabethan era it was considered foolish to marry just for love, for love was worthless, riches and glory were the more important factors in marriages. In many occasions the couple destined to be wed had only seen each other the day of the wedding. Most of the higher class, nobles, married their children off to other noble families. The families of the lower class still do not allow their children to choose whom they will marry; they choose those who…

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