s husband which perhaps he so disdains. Rembrandt effectively sends a message about this issue and arouses debate in society about rape. Men like to brag about their wives as though virtue is found only in keeping one’s virginity or in guarding one’s organ. He also shows the vulnerability of women and the irresponsible acts that men can do to the opposite sex. Men expect that women be chaste, obedient, and devout to the husband, but this expectation is not found when it comes to the male gender. Men are generally thought of as strong and women as weak, but as Rembrandt’s Lucretia shows, women can be strong and men can be weak. The behavior of Lucretia, for example, shows strength in chastity and constancy despite her physical weakness in being overcome by a male. She, in the end, proves she can be a strong woman in character, against the backdrop of a corrupt, physically-strong male out to violate her person. Rembrandt’s Lucretia, however, goes beyond being an ideal role model for females because of the element of suicide. Although it would mean preserving one’s honor, it would not be so in the eyes of the Maker. Only the one who gave life has the right to take it. The element of suicide aside and the suggestion that it makes, Rembrandt’s Lucretia speaks a lot of contemporary social issues that have to be resolved.
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