ENGL 215 conf march 28.docx

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ENGL 215 CONF MARCH 28 Discussions : Issues w protagonists in the play – who is the real protagonist? Who to feel sympathy for? Isabella? The duke? Conclusions and statements/tensions about Patriarchy – positionality of power – GENDER ROLES: authority of power vs authority of gender Why would she become a nun: advantages socially? Economically? Otherwise she becomes a wife, a whore, a mother, and that’s it! She can’t hold a position of authority. She has limited options if she wants to escape the limitations of marriage. What would her life as a nun consist of? Prayer, charity work, she would have eaten well, been comfortable, been protected, access to knowledge and learning. Pretty good deal between this and becoming a subservient wife. In this space, she isn’t threatened and belittled by the patriarchy as much. She has more liberties. Her other motivations? Masochism she wants restraint Her actually having religious devotion Ending of the play in opposition to Isabella becoming a nun
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