Measure for Measure Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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What is the significance of clothing in Measure for Measure?

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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 serves to heighten the importance of this theme. Consider, first of all, the way in which the Duke disguises himself as a Friar, donning the clothing of a Friar, so that he can return to his lands and spy on Angelo and how he is using and abusing his power in his absence. This of course is a great example of appearance vs. reality as the appearance of the Duke belies the actual reality of his identity. However, we should also note the way in...

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