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Three examples of connections between the theatre of Shakespeare and the political and social/cultural events of the Elizabethan era can be found in the areas of:
Role of women: All women in Shakespeare’s plays were performed by male actors. The Shakespearian plays reflect the anomaly that although women were generally held in an inferior position, England was ruled by a Queen, and thus women in some of the plays have the potential for power.
Rise of Nationalism: England was growing increasingly conscious of its own character as a nation with its own history and traditions. Shakespeare’s history plays reflect the growth of English nationalism.
Increase in vernacular literacy: In the middle ages, Latin was the lingua franca of the educated classes. With the rise of the vernacular, a new audience arose for sophisticated entertainment (poetry, drama) in the vernacular.
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