How does Shakespeare portray gender roles in act 4, scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing?

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Act 4, scene 1 is supposed to be a wedding scene, but the actions of men turn the scene close to tragedy.

The sociologist Talcott Parson says there are two types of gender roles in marriage: total integration (man and wife are equals and share duties) and total segregation (man and wife are unequal and split duties).  Shakespeare's play is a satire upon the latter, where men dominate and the women remain uneducated, stay in the kitchen, and take care of the children.

Women of this time were possessions of men, first fathers and then husbands (who were sometimes the same age).  Women were classified according to sexist double standards.  According to men, there...

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