A moment’s thought about the three plays we are studying tells us that gender values and sexual politics are at the forefront of each. All’s Well that Ends Well reverses Romeo and Juliet (how would we respond if Juliet was eventually forced to accept Paris, and did so willingly?); Measure for Measure focuses on public and private sexual morality, breach of promise, marriage and the law; Troilus and Cressida presents a story of love and war, but with the courtship fable far more central than in any of the histories: among Shakespeare’s works, only Antony and Cleopatra (1606–7) is comparable.
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