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After this point, Touchwood Senior and his family no longer have to worry about money. STYLE Elizabethan Drama The term Elizabethan period, named for England’s Queen Elizabeth I, has not been defined in any concrete terms. While some only call dramas Elizabethan if they were written from 1558 to 1603, Elizabeth’s actual reign, others call any drama up to 1642—when the theaters were closed—Elizabethan drama. For example, many scholars consider Tho- 2 6 mas Middleton an Elizabethan dramatist even though the majority of his plays were written and performed during the Jacobean era.

The relationships between mothers and daughters are examined in Charlotte Keatley’s play My Mother Said I Never Should (1988). Four different generations are represented in this fourwoman play, which explores four historical definitions of family. During several breaks in the normal time frames, the four women are transformed into children. It is in these scenes that they are able to break through the barriers that separate them and find the common ground that binds them. • Susan Glaspell’s Trifles (1916) investigates the sisterhood that many women share.

In this area, prostitutes also peddled their wares and the area itself had an unseemly reputation. Catholicism versus Protestantism The ambiguous morality in Cheapside and of England overall may have been the consequence of an ambiguous and constantly changing religious system. In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, England underwent a Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, huge theological battles between various Christian churches. The Reformation was an attack on the corruption in the Roman Catholic Church by various popes and many clergy members.

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