The Good and the Badde

Sonnets and Elizabethan Women

Work Time

In a small group, analyze Sonnets 18 and 130. What can you deduce about how Shakespeare and his contemporaries viewed women?

  • List the ways that you and your group think Elizabethans viewed women. These might include women’s characteristics, both good and bad.
  • Make sure to use examples from the sonnets for support.

Open Notebook

When you’re ready, share your group’s ideas with the class.

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