The Elizabethan Age - Its History, Culture, Politics, and View of Theatrical Entertainment
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The paper uses Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" as an allegory for the many sweeping changes which swept over England during the Elizabethan period. The paper's author contends that Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" reflects many of the changes taking place in England at that time. The paper states that, just as the Rome in the play was undergoing far reaching political changes and upheavals, so was Elizabethan society as its leaders swung back and forth between Catholicism and Protestantism. The paper also contends that Elizabethan society firmly believed in the Great Chain of Being, or that every " thing in the universe had its proper place and that any attempt to disturb this hierarchy would cause great harm to society and the state.
From the Paper:"So much of how and what we think about history, great writing, and the human character is defined by the Elizabethan Age, particularly because of the greatness of Shakespeare and the imprint his works made upon world literature. However, although Shakespeare's concerns may seem universal, it is also important to keep in mind the historical context and culture in which he operated. Because of the political tumult that preceded Elizabeth I's ascent to the throne, Shakespeare and his contemporaries had profoundly different view of democracy and the popular will than most individuals do today, even people who enjoy quoting the Bard."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Peters, M.J. "Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Period: a Brief Introduction Springfield High School English Department. 1996. April 8, 2009 http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/springfield/eliz/introelizperiod.html
- "The Great Chain of Being." Borrowed from "The Renaissance" at CUNY:http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/ren.html. Accessed April 8, 2009 at http://faculty.up.edu/asarnow/GreatChainofBeing.htm
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