Romeo And Juliet's Marriage Customs In The Elizabethan Era

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Romeo and Juliet Marriage Customs Shakespeare wrote the story Romeo and Juliet in a time period known as the Renaissance, more specifically the Elizabethan Era. The story of Romeo and Juliet (underlined??) takes place in Verona, Italy. Romeo and Juliet are described as “star-crossed lovers” because although they have a passionate love for each other, they don`t have the ability to marry because their families are enemies. Marriage is a major topic in this tragedy. OPENING SENTENCE Parents controlled marriages of their children during this time period. The document found in the Office of Christian Parents shows how important parents are, “The child must do the service which marriage requires, therefore the parents have great reason to…show more content…
The poverty-stricken would usually have a simple wedding. Usually only their relatives and close friends were the only to attend. However, the wealthy would have elaborate weddings. These wedding would be fixed with exotic and attractive food. The wedding would also have entertainment to celebrate. Some examples of the entertainment were jugglers and minstrels. During the Renaissance Age, there were many superstitions. However, there were also many traditions to keep the evil spirits away. The bridal veil was used to keep the “evil eye” away. The bridal veil would usually be the color blue because it was a sign of purity. Another example of a tradition used to keep evil spirits away were the flowers. Each flower had a specific meaning. The flowers, for example herbs, had the meaning of luck and fertility. In the Elizabethan Era, girls would marry as young as twelve years of age, and marrying at this age was usual. Boys would marry as young as fourteen, however most would marry would wait to be twenty-one before marrying. “CAPULET My child is yet a stranger in the world;She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.PARIS Younger than she are happy mothers made. CAPULET And too soon marr'd are those so early made.”NOT SURE HOW TO DO

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