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Shakespeare

Isabella's Choice

During my junior year, I took an English course all about Shakespeare's comedies. In this course we read a bunch of his plays, and asked the question "was this a happy ending?" The "happy ending" of Shakespeare's comedies—marriage—is costly. Articulate women grow silent; cross-dressed boys resume their gowns (or don't); elaborate plots are disrupted by rape and venereal disease. Whence this anxiety? Where does Shakespeare find hope or consolation? Readings include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and The Winter's Tale. For my final project, I decided to make a comic about Isabella in the play Measure for Measure. It explores themes of chastity, independence, and autonomy. All of which Isabella holds dear. In the end, when the Duke proposes to Isabella, she doesn't say anything. What could this mean? 

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