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This paper will compare and contrast the ways people
interacted with each other in the sixteenth-century Europe,
nineteenth-century England, and the 1950s in the United
States. The paper will state how people were introduced to
one another, expressed their sexual feelings, and meeting on
casual acquaintances. The next three paragraphs will talk
about what happened during the time periods. This will
maybe tell why people behaved that way during that time
period. Then the comparing and contrasting of how people
interacted will be explored. Finally, I will conclude with
a summary of my findings.
During the Renaissance Italy, unlike England and
France, had no main capital city. Instead it had many
centers for regional states. Some of these cities were
Milan, Rome, Venice, and Florence. Other Renaissance
culture developed around Mantua and Urbino. During the 15th
century students came from all over Europe to study in
Italy. Also during the Renaissance Italian literature,
clothing, furniture, and art were imitated in Holland,
France, Germany, Spain and England (Renaissance 30).
In the nineteenth-century England and Wales were
divided into fifty-two counties. In this century the
English hunted foxes (Pool 24). The middle of London, known
as “The City”, dropped from one hundred twenty-eight
thousand to fifty thousand, while the rest of London grew
from one million to four and a half million. In London the
fancy area was the West End. The East End was full of
poverty and misery (Pool 28).

The 1950s, which followed World War II, were part of
the Truman Years and Eisenhower Years. In 1950, Joseph R.

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McCarthy insisted that there were conspiracies in the
Federal Government. During this decade there was a huge
population increase from one hundred fifty million to one
hundred seventy-nine million. The United States court also
rid itself of racial discrimination. Also, in 1954 ruled
that racial discrimination in schools was unconstitutional
(History of the United States 67-68).

While the sixteenth-century was different from the
nineteenth-century there were some similarities. There were
intermarriages between people that were not in the same
class (Hale 444). For example in Our Mutual Friend Eugene,
a gentleman, marries Lizzy, a boatgirl. Romeo, a Capulet,
and Juliet, a Montague rival also marry even though they
were of opposing families (Shakespeare 337). Also sex was
thought about much. In Romeo and Juliet, after the Capulet
party Mercutio teases Romeo about Rosaline in a sexual way
(Shakespeare 319). Jenny Wren thought Eugene Wrayburn just
wanted to make Lizzy Hexem his “doll” (OMF).

Of course as people change there was a change in
behavior in love. Before the 18th century love wasn’t
expected to end well (Hatfield 7). Romeo drank poison and
Juliet stabbed herself (Shakespeare 389-390). Eugene and
Lizzy though were married and lived happily (OMF). Love was
acquired very fast during the Victorian compared to the
nineteenth-century. In a single day, Monday, Romeo and
Juliet were married, fell in love , and were together all
night (Shakespeare 318-358). It took Eugene to attract
Lizzy to him a while (actually Headstone had to beat the
crap out of Eugene) (OMF).
The 1950s followed two World Wars and because of the
time soldiers spent away they probably missed being with
their sweethearts and families, but because history repeats
itself there are some similarities between the Victorian era
and the 1950s. After 1800 lust and tenderness grew more
tightly connected (Hatfield 86). In Capote’s Breakfast at
Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly mentions that she slept with
numerous partners. Mercutio talks about Romeo having sex
with Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare during Act
2. The similarity is that they both involve sex. Also
people were married at a very young age. Holly married Doc
at the age of fourteen (Capote). Juliet married Romeo at
the age of thirteen (Shakespeare 298). This shows that they
were to young to even fully think about marriage, although
life expectancy for Juliet was very short.

Of course, like I said, people change and because of
the absence of soldiers’ sweethearts lust and longing for
them probably grew. Holly was a famous person and she like
the rich people (Capote). Juliet and Romeo’s families were
of opposite sides which made them unable to make much
contact with each other due to their social statuses. Also
in the past women weren’t allowed to go around without an
escort unless she was old (Pool 55). In Capote’s Breakfast
at Tiffany’s Holly goes around by herself to meet with many
different people. Even the Nurse is accompanied by someone,
Peter, when making errands for Juliet, like giving messages
to Romeo (Shakespeare 331-332). This hints at women
equality in this difference.

Those were the similarities and differences between
the Renaissance, sixteenth-century, the nineteenth century
and the 1950s. Now a recap will be done on all of my
research. During the Renaissance Italy was the main point of
art and literature. Italy also had no capital at that time.
England in the nineteenth-century saw some increase in
population, especially in London. England also was divided
into 52 counties and enjoyed in fox-hunting. The 1950s had
many changes. They had the change of fighting another World
War and they stopped much of the discrimination that held
colored people and women down. The sixteenth century was
compared to the nineteenth-century in issues of sex and how
people intermarried with a “class” different from theirs.
The differences were how love ended, concluding that love in
the sixteenth century didn’t end well while love in the
nineteenth-century did, and how quickly they fell in love.
It was kind of difficult finding similarities between the
nineteenth-century and the sixteenth-century, but what I
came up with was that people in the past sometimes married
young and that they both had a common interest in sex. The
differences were that people stayed with their own type of
people in the 1950s wasn’t as common as that of the
sixteenth-century where Romeo and Juliet had trouble getting
together. Those were my findings and I hope that this is
seen as a well written report.

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