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Why does it seem like Egues thinks the perfect woman would be loyal and obedient?

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mmertenmedberry0 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM via web

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Why does it seem like Egues thinks the perfect woman would be loyal and obedient?

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jalden | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 18, 2015 at 8:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Because he says so and because he is willing to have his daughter sentenced to death or a nunnery if she continues to disobey him. This was typical of the attitude toward women in Elizabethan and pre-Elizabethan Europe. It is seen in Romeo and Juliet to a devastating degree. Shakespeare contrasts this father/daughter dynamic with other male/female dynamics, all quite different, in Midsummer, one of the greatest relationship plays of all time.

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