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Measure for Measure Essay | Critical Essay #4

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Critical Essay #4

Source: "Heads You WIn Tails I Lose," in Critical Survey, Vol. 5, No.1, 1993, pp. 77-82.

[Macfarlane argues that in the world of Measure for Mea sure, women are effectively powerless because the only power they supposedly possess- sexual- is defined and limited by men. Men, on the other hand, are seen to possess the power to govern, accumulate wealth, and set moral standards. Macfarlane suggests that this discussion of the nature of men and women is relevant to today's society.]

In Measure For Measure Isabella is placed firmly in a no win situation. Even on the threshold of a convent, at the very moment of making a clear statement about her vocation, her desires and her sexuality, she is not safe. She is plucked back into the outside world to bear the responsibility for the sexual urges, misdemeanors and fantasies of four men.

As Lucio approaches to plead for...

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