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o1odjs | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2007 at 6:53 PM via web

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Social order is imposed with marriage at the end of the play,a more equal relationship between the men and women is possible. Do you agree?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 14, 2007 at 11:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Yes, a more equal relationship between the men and women is possible, largely because Hero and Claudio are together, and because their marriage heals a very harsh crack in male/female relationships. Her reputation is restored, and, at least as important for equality, he realizes how much he loves her.

Social order…no, I wouldn't really agree that it is "imposed." That seems to harsh a term for the coaxing that is done with Beatrice and Benedict. It is…more smoothly established, now that those two loose cannons are yoked.

It is not, however, imposed or complete; John is still free.

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