For about two classes, the whole class did a role playing game together based on the Renaissance era. Everyone each had a role, or a job, that would have existed during the period. For me in the game, I played as a laborer who was not a part of the guild and had a dissatisfaction with it. Because lower class laborers were not allowed to form any guilds when they were actually important as much as the higher classes, my goal was to protest to the Medici family to give equal rights to the lower class.
During this game, I learned that the social pyramid during the Renaissance was very cruel and strict as it was in other places. I realized this especially strongly when I had a chance to confront the Medici and request what I wanted. Medici, instead of giving what I asked for, replied to me, “Get a skill and you’ll be treated as something,”. Another thing I learned was that the upper-class people were really charge of everything. It is because of the upper class that Florence, a city greatly influenced by the Renaissance, was able to develop at such a quick rate since the rich hired people such as scientists and artists to work. As a result, many topics at the time were able to be expanded and grow significantly. Although it is not the rich people who came up with the inventions, if it weren’t them who hired talented experts, the experts would not have been able to show their skills and produce monuments which are renowned and considered valuable these days.
To give my general opinion on this activity, I think it was a game which you could learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Although everyone who participated in the game has not actually been to Florence, we were able to get a glimpse of how the Renaissance era worked by resolving conflicts, trying to meet our goals, and thinking about how people would have done to get what they wanted. I’m not sure if this happened to everyone, but personally, I think I was able to improve on not getting afraid of speaking in front of people because it was something that I always had trouble with, and through this activity, which involved a lot of speaking, I was able to get over with it a bit.