Misunderstood by Valerie Cheers Brown

“The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.” Ayn Rand

The topic of “Did ladies have a renaissance” is not something that has not been asked some time recently. In 1977 Joan Kelly composed an article tending to this inquiry particularly. In the Renaissance, when the political frameworks transformed from the Medieval primitive frameworks, ladies of each social class saw an adjustment in their social and political choices that men did not. Chastity turned into the female standard and “the relations of the genders were rebuilt to one of female reliance and male control” (Kelly 20). Ladies carried on with the life of the basic sex. Men ruled over everything, even through a large portion of a century of Queens.

“At the point when England was ruled for a large portion of a century by Queens however ladies had no legitimate force; When marriage, a ladies’ fundamental business, cost them their own property rights; when the perfect ladies was once in a while seen and never heard in broad daylight; when the garments a ladies wore were lawfully directed by her social class; when all teachers were men; when drug was arranged and refined at home; when undergarments were developed of wood and beautifying agents made of bacon and eggs; when just 50% of all children made due to adulthood?” (Hull 15).

The above section says a considerable measure in regards to ladies in the Renaissance. The part of ladies was a rare part. Ladies should be seen and not listened. Seldom seen at that. Ladies were to be demure and legitimate, the perfect ladies. Females could talk their psyches yet their considerations and thoughts were molded by men. For the most part everything ladies did had info given by men. Ladies were controlled by her guardians from the day she is conceived until the day she is hitched, then she would be given specifically to her spouse so he could assume control over that part. In the season of the renaissance ladies were considered to lawfully fit in with their spouses. Ladies should be average “housewives.”

In spite of the fact that ladies were second rate compared to men, ladies in various classes had distinctive parts. Low class ladies were relied upon to be housewives and deal with everything to do with the house. The desire of average workers ladies was a smidgen diverse. These ladies were relied upon to work for their spouses and help them maintain their business. They would work close by with their spouses and afterward go home and deal with the house hold. High society ladies might have had hirelings and laborers working for them yet the ladies were still anticipated that would deal with the house hold. Ladies couldn’t work without anyone else. Neither might they be able to live alone in the event that they were not wedded. In the event that a ladies was single, she was made to move in with one of her male relatives or join a religious community and turn into a pious devotee. There was no other alternative right now for ladies.

In understanding to various classes of ladies, the main ladies that were so anyone might hear to communicate were high society ladies, however not adequately. The presence of ladies arrived yet it was a peripheral presence. Rarely would a ladies of not as much as privileged be seen or heard conveying everything that needs to be conveyed. It was incomprehensible. At the point when ladies did communicate, what they would express was spoiled by male impact (Mazzocco).

The Taming of the Shrew is a play composed by William Shakespeare. In this play the fundamental character is Katherine, she is the Shrew as specified in the title. A vixen is a lady who is extremely candid. The word Shrew is extremely negative word when identifying with ladies. In the season of the Renaissance, individuals looked down on ladies alluded to as a vixen. These ladies were extremely open about communicating anything they needed to. In this time period, a frank lady was incredible. Individuals firmly disliked ladies like this in the renaissance. Men were the main individuals so anyone might hear to be frank and expressive.

Katherine is a vixen of the most exceedingly bad degree. Some of the time her words and activities are to a great degree fierce. She was an extremely harsh ladies. There was a solid feeling of dissatisfaction from everybody about Katherine. Nobody needed to be given the occupation of “taming” her. That is until Petruchio tags along and chooses he will do the errand with a specific end goal to wed into her fortune. In this time, the renaissance, ladies are to be seen and not listened. The perfect lady is calm and deferential. She has no issue being controlled by a man. She appreciates the consideration she gets from men for being a dainty female. This perfect lady is Katherine’s sisters Bianca. Shakespeare chose to have two characters difference such an extraordinary arrangement. It demonstrates the peruser how diverse the two sorts truly are. Katherine, contrasted with Bianca, appears like an insane lady.

In Taming of the Shrew, men pine after Bianca for her magnificence and her settlement. She is calm and sweet. Katherine is the exact inverse. She is forward and boisterous solid willed. Men don’t need Katherine. They are startled of her.

Shakespeare has utilized the two distinct sorts of female characters in the renaissance to balance each of them. Having a wench and the perfect lady in the same play flaunts the attributes of each of these lady. They are total inverses. The renaissance might have been ruled for half of a century by ladies, yet in everything else men ruled. Unless you were high society, ladies were not able talk their brains openly and still, after all that men directed how they did a wonder such as this. Ladies should be house wives and were relied upon to do whatever their spouses said. In the event that a lady did not comply with their spouse she would be known as a wench. This is thought to be the start of contemporary times. Things have changed however this is where everything begun.

What is so ironic after all of this is said or done is that when a woman had an opinion she would be most of the time shrugged off or even some would consider her as a threat to be reckoned with.

I can think of some great women off the top of my head right now and ones which I have been researching and following their fascinating accounts of thir lives, which although I don’t go along with every single thing which they believed nor thought, but there was this sense of them being a woman just like me and not only a woman, but a woman who was not afraid to voice truth in her own opinions and not those of others, not caring what others thought of her but knowing that God is the one who is with every step of the way.

I also felt this sense of a urgency or magnetic energy which draws me closer wanting to find out about these incredible and courageous women and learn more about how they were remembered even today for what they paved the way for right now not being afraid, but knowing the truth would protect them and their works or the truth eventually would be set free to help many lives!

Good people are seldom fully recognised during their lifetimes, and here, there are serious problems of corruption. One day it will be realised that my findings should have been acknowledged. It was difficult, but she always smiled when asked why she went on when recognition eluded her in her own country.  — Alice Stewart

In the old days, they killed the messenger who brought the bad news… a Cassandra is never popular in her time. — Alice Stewart

Truth is the daughter of time. (Alice Stewart’s favorite quotation)  — Alice Stewart  Quoted in Gayle Jacoba Greene, The Woman Who Knew Too Much. The quote comes from the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci: “Truth was the only daughter of Time.”

“Be the woman a man needs, not a woman needing a man.” – Valerie Cheers Brown

Works Cited

Hull, Suzanne. Women According to Men: The World of Tudor-Stuard Women.Walmut Creek: Alta Mira Press, 1996.

Kelly, Joan. “Did Women Have a Renaissance?”Women, History and Theory.Ed.Joan Kelly.Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1984.1950.

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge.<http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/index.html&gt;

Mazzocco, Angelo. The Role of Women in the Italian Renaissance. Mount Holy Yoke College. <http://www.mtholyyoke.edu/courses/nvaget/evrst/womrenaissance.html&gt;

 

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