The Rape of Lucrece | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of The Rape of Lucrece.
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SOURCE: Quay, Sara E. “‘Lucrece the Chaste’: The Construction of Rape in Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece.Modern Language Studies 25, no. 2 (spring 1995): 3-17.

In the following essay, Quay explores the patriarchal social constructs implicit in The Rape of Lucrece and examines how they “promote and permit” rape.

The notions of integrity and closure in a text are like that of virginity in a body. They assume that if one does not respect the boundaries between inside and outside, one is ‘breaking and entering,’ violating a property. As long as the fallacies of integrity and closure are upheld, a desire to penetrate becomes a desire for rape.

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William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

On the level at which it is most frequently read, Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece is about an act of rape. The...

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