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Brabantio and the Patriarchy

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How does Brabantio’s reaction to Desdemona’s disappearance in the passage below convey patriarchal attitudes? Highlight the lines below that represent patriarchy.

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BRABANTIO Oh, heaven, how got she out? Oh, treason of the blood! Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds By what you see them act. Is there not charms By which the property of youth and maidhood May be abused? Have you not read, Roderigo, Of some such thing?