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women's inequality in the renaissance

women's inequality in the renaissance - HIS 343G Womens...

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April 15, 2010 HIS 343G Women’s Inequality in the Renaissance Women’s inequality has always been an important topic, especially in today’s society. This issue has been around for hundreds of years and many authors and historians have written many things about the matter, whether it be for educational or entertainment purposes. Gene Brucker, author of Giovanni and Lusanna Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence , focuses his book on Florentine society and gender during the renaissance; it does a very good job in demonstrating many of the inequalities that were imposed on women belonging to Florentine society during that time. Although this book was written several centuries after the renaissance Brucker’s book relates well and shares many of the themes and topics as Boccaccio’s Decameron , which consists of many short stories about life and society during the renaissance. Despite the massive time frame between these two sources they both demonstrate the kinds of gender inequalities that existed in that society. For example, women were not allowed to do most of things that were common for men to do such as, pursuing many lovers, they also did not have personal independence as men did, and they were treated as if they were property when it came for them to marry. Brucker touches all of these issues when explaining the story of Giovanni and Lusanna and he also mentions all the factors that were against Lusanna for being a woman. Both Brucker and Boccaccio’s stories demonstrate these gender inequalities along with the punishment and shame that followed women that disobeyed these social rules. The main conflict in the story of Giovanni and Lusanna is that Lusanna wants Giovanni to accept their marriage and own up to the promise he made to her years ago. Giovanni had promised Lusanna that if her husband were to die he would marry her, even though they were
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already having an affair while Lusanna’s husband was still alive. Although they were both guilty of adultery it was Lusanna who was attacked by society, even more so than Giovanni. She was
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