Shakespeare's Interpretation of Women in "Measure for Measure"
Shakespeare shows the Duke's opinion of women in act 5, scene 1, when the Duke talks to Mariana and …show more content…
Shakespeare demonstrates his opinion of the importance of women in the play through the characters alone. There are a total of eighteen male characters in the play, but only five female ones. As well as this, although Juliet is crucial to the plotline, she only has a speaking part in one scene, which is Shakespeare showing that he wants only the minimum amount of female appearances in the play to make it work. Juliet's lack of appearances and speech within the play shows that her opinion is very unimportant compared to the men's, and that they can take over the situation without any input from her.
It is notable also, that it is the male characters who have all the positions of power and authority within the play. They are the ones who control what goes on, for example, Angelo is the only one who can decide whether Claudio will live or die. This example also shows the