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The Masquerade In Loves Labors Lost by William Shakespeare King Ferdinand and his three attendants Berowne Longaville and Dumaine take a vow to swear off women and concentrate on their studies This vow only lasted long enough for each man to lay his eyes on the Princess of France Rosaline Maria and Katherine The women receive love letters and gifts from the men who are trying to woo them Although the ladies are flattered they are disappointed by their loves abilities to easily breaks their vows Throughout the play the men try to woo the ladies with out ever really interacting with them because they are ashamed of the breaking of their vows too The men decide that they will woo once and for all at the masquerade that they will all be attending The women on the other hand have a completely different idea of what the masquerade will determine The women wear masks and plan on embarrassing the men who are dressed as Russians by not revealing their true identity They can not believe the deceitful nature of the men and plan on teaching them a lesson The princess says Therefore I do it and I make no doubt The rest will neer come in if he be out Theres no such sport as sport by sport oerthrown To make theirs ours and none but our own So shall we stay mocking intended game And they will mockd depart away with shame 237 V ii l 151-156 The masks that the women are wearing symbolize how they have hid their anger and frustration toward the men They had never expressed their disgust with them prior to the masquerade and feel it necessary to show the men how foolish they have been for breaking their promises The masks also
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