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What are examples of social conflicts in Early Modern English literature?

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There are many examples of social and class conflicts in Early Modern English literature. One example is the work of William Shakespeare. In The Merchant of Venice, there are conflicts between Jews and Christians and between the emergent merchant class and the aristocracy. Other conflicts are those between women trying to assert some degree of individual choice and an existing patriarchal system, as we can see in the quarreling lovers in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. Another example or type of conflict is inter-generational, as we see in King Lear.

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