GENDER ROLES

In Romeo and Juliet, "The world of men is filled with violence, sexual dominance, and conquest" (www.underthefallenleaves.wordpress.com Gender Roles). This is shown in Act 1 Scene 1 where Sampson and Gregory are talking about how women are the weaker vessel, so they walk on the side of the road instead of the middle. But Sampson and Gregory are making fun of people to start a fight, which is very childish. The women of Verona wouldn't stoop so low as to making fun of a person which you have a grudge against, just to fight them.

    Throughout Romeo and Juliet gender roles come into play many times. For example the picture below shows fighting, the only ones fighting are male because romeo is fighting for Juliet, you don't see Juliet fighting for Romeo. In the fifteenth century females didn't do the same things males could do, male were above female with strength and power.  

        The theme of the gender roles plays into act two, scene two when Romeo is in the Capulet orchard below Juliet's balcony. It is ironic, because in the 15th century, males were above the females. In the early medieval period, women's occupational roles were primarily domestic and agricultural.(www.ehow.com Gender and Urbanization). But Shakespeare switched it, he put Juliet above Romeo. Juliet appears above at a window. (Act 2. Scene 2. Line 2)

We chose this picture as the symbol because in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare puts Juliet above Romeo. This picture has the symbol for a female above the symbol for a male.

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In modern day the gender role theory posits that boys and girls learn to perform one's biologically assigned gender through particular behaviors and attitudes.


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