We can see social codes at play in all of Shakespeare's plays.
Gender roles are a prevalent theme, and we can look at Shakespeare's plays to think about how women were perceived and treated in Elizabethan society. A Midsummer Night's dream begins with Hermia pleading with Theseus to let her marry Lysander, whom she loves. Her father, however, wants her to marry Demetrius. As a young girl in this society, Hermia is not free to make her own choice. She must follow her father's orders and marry Demetrius, take a vow of chastity at a convent, or die.
Juliet is in a similar situation where her father makes a match for her. He arranges for her to marry Paris, even though she just about to turn fourteen. When Juliet talks with her mother and her Nurse, they comment on how younger girls than she are already married with children. This shows us how it was common in that society for girls to be married off at a young age.
Brabantio assumes his daughter has been stolen by Othello , when in reality...
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