Irigaray uses the word "measure" in a couple of different situations placed next to each other, causing an interesting effect to take place. She uses the term "measure" in relationship to those who are prisoners in the cave and what their capabilities are. "A prison that these men can have no measure of, take no measures against, since they are restrained by other or like, chains or images of chains" (249). In this same sentence, the word "measure" is used not only as a form of measurement that the prisoners can take no "measure of it" but also as taking action against. When "measure" is used in close conjunction with the prominent images of chains, it connotes ideas of rising up against that which is holding you back. Irigaray's use of measure is interesting because she uses it with different meanings but plays those meanings off of each other with her word placement.

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