DofM: Sexual Freedom and Oppression (Updated)

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"The misery of us who are born great, we are forced to woo because non dare woo us"
Her position means that the Duchess must put make the decisions when it comes to love
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"Forced to express our violent passions in riddles and in dreams..."
We can't really blame the Duchess for getting with Antonio, she has sexual desires, just like any other woman
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"Some of you give entertainment for pure love, others for precious reward"
Bosola's mysoginistic attitudes really show when hi talks to the old lady; here he is suggesting that it's inevitable that women will offer sex for money
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"Alas, your shears do come untimely now to clip the bird's wings that's already flown"
Ferd. cannot stop the Duchess being with Antonio, she has made her choice, bird imagery shows she wishes that women could naturally choose who they want to be with
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"The birds...live happier than we; for they may choose their mates and carol their sweet pleasures in the spring"
Envies the birds for their ability to choose their partner without social constraint
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Card 2

Front

"Forced to express our violent passions in riddles and in dreams..."

Back

We can't really blame the Duchess for getting with Antonio, she has sexual desires, just like any other woman

Card 3

Front

"Some of you give entertainment for pure love, others for precious reward"

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

"Alas, your shears do come untimely now to clip the bird's wings that's already flown"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

"The birds...live happier than we; for they may choose their mates and carol their sweet pleasures in the spring"

Back

Preview of the front of card 5

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