Isabella in "Measure for Measure"
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This paper examines Isabella in the play, "Measure for Measure" and examines her role of a woman during this era. The paper discusses how Isabella is a rigid absolutist, particularly in her attitude toward sexual activity outside marriage, but is also a humorous, tolerant wit. The paper also points out her enormous sympathy for the other women in the play and how she stands up for the truth that even a woman has a right to preserve herself.
From the Paper:"In learning about Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, we often hear that Isabella is a rigid absolutist, particularly in her attitude toward sexual activity outside marriage. But beginning at the beginning, I found that Isabella is a humorous, tolerant wit.
"I discovered Isabella to be a woman who has happily found her own vocation, yet who is unfazed and even amused by sexually aggressive Lucio; who is willing once again to try to help her brother, yet who believes that her "power," which Lucio and Claudio see as her sexual attractiveness, should not be used to manipulate another: instead, she will use the power of wit and words to save her brother's life. She never condemns the sexual act for others, nor sees the resulting pregnancy as evil, since she knows Claudio and Juliet have a history of affection. For herself, however, she has simply chosen a different life, and I found no signs of unhealthy repression in her language or actions."
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