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Comment on the gender question that creates problems in Measure for Measure.

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Posted December 24, 2009 at 9:33 PM via web

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Comment on the gender question that creates problems in Measure for Measure.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 27, 2009 at 4:38 AM (Answer #1)

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In William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” he raises issues and ideas with regard to gender roles that were not aligned with the renaissance views with regard to gender. These ideas are exhibited in Isabella the heroine, and Shakespeare did this by giving her some characteristics that were considered masculine. This was especially evident through the relationships with her brother Claudio and then again with Angelo. Renaissance views saw men as dominant, powerful, and superior to women. The man was the ruler, and the woman was merely subservient.

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