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Measure for Measure

If it ends with a wedding and nobody dies, it's a comedy. Therefore, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is a comedy. But wait—until the last scene, Measure for Measure looked a whole lot like a...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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The title of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is derived from the Bible, specifically the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus says "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge,...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 3:42 am UTC

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An ubiquitous theme in nearly all of Shakespeare's works is the way in which appearances are often contrasted with reality. The function of clothing and references to it in this brilliant play only...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 1:07 am UTC

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This is a huge question. I'll point you toward the main characters and events in the play that concern morality and corruption, to give you a general starting point. The contrast between choosing...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2010 8:35 pm UTC

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"Measure for Measure" is a play written by William Shakespeare. It considers the problem of moral issues of mercy, justice, truth played out in real life in relation to one's own struggles with...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2013 2:46 pm UTC

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If someone is described as 'Machiavellian' this means that they are scheming and manipulative. The word is often applied to those who are in positions of authority and who seek to maintain a...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 10:48 am UTC

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As is true in most cases of comic relief, the existence of a comic character or subplot in a story fraught with dramatic tension helps to establish a pacing for the story's mood. If too much...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2008 9:56 am UTC

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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare cannot be legitimately described as having any degree of feminism as feminism was a social and philosophical movement invented several centuries after...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2012 9:03 pm UTC

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What exactly do you mean by "tragic"? Certainly he does suffer a massive fall from grace. At the beginning of the play he is presented as if he were characterised by self-control. Others consider...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2011 8:16 pm UTC

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This exact quote is not in Measure for Measure. However, I believe that the quote you are looking for is in this play. It really is practically the same quote, with one small change. The quote...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 1:55 am UTC

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Measure for Measure begins with the Duke of Vienna apparently giving up power and vesting it in his deputy, Angelo, stressing that he will have complete authority to do everything the Duke himself...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 3:26 am UTC

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The simple answer to your question is that the characters in Measure for Measure are “problematic” because they are found within one of Shakespeare’s few “problem plays.” The term “problem play”...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015 6:48 pm UTC

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I am slightly confused by this question. I don't actually think that Isabella is given much power in the play, and I don't think she develops in this regard during the play either. She appears to...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 8:32 pm UTC

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It depends on what you mean by dramatic effect--it's a sound effect that can simply mean that someone is at the door. However, if it contributes to any of the above themes--say, someone needs to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

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Your question touches upon a much debated issue in this excellent play, which is the way in which the play presents us with different kinds of authority and governance and tries to search for a...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 9:16 pm UTC

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I guess it all depends on who is doing the judging. The Duke has allowed Vienna to get out of hand, at least at least morally speaking. The red light district is wide open. Question, can morality...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2010 3:05 am UTC

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One of the great things about Shakespeare's plays is that they're rich enough to leave lots of room for interpretation. This interpretation is not one that I believe is the most obvious or finds a...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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I moved your question to the Measure for Measure Group, because it seems that information about the character Lucio is really what you are seeking. Here are some questions to consider about Lucio...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010 8:22 pm UTC

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Both Mariana in Measure for Measure and Emilia in Othello are good women who happen to be either betrothed to (Mariana) or married to (Emilia) miserable, unethical men. Mariana is betrothed to...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 4:02 pm UTC

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Isabella's first appearance in Measure for Measure quickly establishes her character. Francisca, one of the nuns in the order she aspires to join, has been explaining to he the privileges she will...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020 3:21 am UTC

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1) In answer to this question, I will focus on the Duke. First, I recommend providing a brief background about the Duke. In the play, Duke Vincentio is the Duke of Vienna. Long disturbed by the...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 5:17 pm UTC

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Government is an interesting question - and one of the questions "Measure for Measure" keeps asking is what constitutes good or bad government?The Duke abdicates his office at the very...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 4:12 pm UTC

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Considering that this play is all about the potential corruption of people in power, I would say that the quote, "The law makers are the law breakers" would refer to the fact that Duke...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2008 9:20 am UTC

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Isabella is a novice nun whose first words in the play are to wish for “a more strict restraint” upon the sisters of her order. This zeal in her vocation is continually evident. It is obviously a...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 8:03 am UTC

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Some argue that the Duke's orchestrated series of betrothals and weddings function as a way of reasserting male control over females. By contrast, others see the marriages as a method of restoring...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2007 5:18 am UTC

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The first part of this play lays the foundations for tragedy in a very naturalistic, psychologically realistic way. The second part introduces several contrived mechanisms for resolving the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 12:03 am UTC

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I'm not quite sure what you're asking, but I have an inkling, so here goes: The "upper world" and "lower world," in the world of the play could be better expressed as plot and subplot. There are...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010 8:48 pm UTC

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During Shakespeare's day, the theatres were located across the Thames from the City of London. This was also the red light district. The rents for this area were paid to the Bishop of Winchester,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2010 6:38 am UTC

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In William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” he raises issues and ideas with regard to gender roles that were not aligned with the renaissance views with regard to gender. These ideas are...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009 4:38 am UTC

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To be honest, I'm not sure we see enough of the female communities to compare them as collective units…but that quibble aside, we can make some observations of similarities. First and most simply,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2007 3:17 am UTC

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The Duke confides to Friar Thomas that he has been lax in upholding the laws for the past nineteen years: "Which for this nineteen years we have let slip." He says that if, having been lax, he were...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 10:54 pm UTC

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This question pertaining to Measure for Measure may depend on precisely what you mean by "upper world" and "lower world." In Greek and Roman mythology, the upper world is Earth and the abode of...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2010 10:40 am UTC

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A comedy of laughter is a seldom-used term relating to a form of comedy that relies on jokes which make one immediately laugh. As opposed to a tragicomedy or a more intellectual form of comedy,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2007 5:21 am UTC

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In the time of Shakespeare’s England, there were several different views of human nature—Catholic, Protestant, the doctrine of passive obedience, Machiavellian ideas, the Ptolemaic view, the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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In act 1, scene 4 of Measure for Measure, Isabella is getting ready to join a convent. She's being shown around what will be her new home by Francesca, a nun of the order of St. Claire. It will be...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2021 9:14 am UTC

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There are a couple of ways that critics view the marriages in the play. One view is to see the marriages as a way for the men to reassert their control over females. Others see the marriages as a...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2007 8:30 am UTC

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Measure for Measure is a very dark comedy, and there is, admittedly, something appalling in Isabella's rigid refusal to sleep with Angelo to save her brother's life. After all, it would be a short...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 1:07 pm UTC

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