Women Suffrage In Early Spain Essay

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Women Suffrage in Early Spain The Spanish Golden Age was a period marked by high artistic accomplishment that lasted from 1580 to 1680. It was during this time that Lope de Vega wrote the play Fuenteovejuna around 1612 he wrote of the abuses of power during a time in Spanish history where pride and honor over rode the authoritative legal and moral codes of the aristocratic regime of the king and Spain upper class citizens. We can still painfully see the abuses of power in today societies all around the world where those among the lower classes have very little power in government. The scene revolves around a town in feudal Spain, Fuente Ovejuna where the town’s people gather together in unity and strength against the abuses by the tyrant Commander Fernandez Gomez. The women were often seen as trophies in which acts of rape and degradation were met at the hands of those in power under the jus primae noctis or the right of the first knight. The story deals with Spanish male dominated Spain where discrimination, sexism, sex-role stereotyping, sexist language, sexual harassment, and social injustice among murder and intrigue. Lope de Vega create many representation of sounds, sights, smells, and tastes to give the reader a sensation of also belonging in the story line by representation of emotional impact in the plot and timing of key events. The horror of life in its lonesomeness, meaninglessness, unreasonable trepidation, and maltreatment of sexuality are vividly portrayed in the play. Under the guise of jus primae noctis the peasant women suffered abuse by Commander Fernandez Gomez and his men. The jus primae noctis in the Middle Ages were seen as the Lords right to have sexual intercourse with peasant brides on the night of their marriage ( Wettlaufer 1). The term jus means law and primae noctis mean of the first night (Richards 1). This law seems to

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