Lecturer

Shakespeare’s“Measure for Measure” Report

Summary

Shakespeare`s&quotMeasure for Measure&quot revolves around Claudio`s fate havingbeen arrested by Vienna`s temporary leader, Lord Angelo. The Dukeleaves Lord Angelo to be in charge. The Duke pretends to leave thecity but instead disguises himself as a friar just to observe what isgoing on. Lord Angelo is moralistic, strict, and unwavering, whenmaking his decisions. He opts to get rid of Vienna`s brothels and therampant sexual activities (Shakespeare &amp Lever 34). Claudio is inturn arrested for Juliet`s pregnancy. Claudio is sentenced to death,even though they were already engaged, so as to serve otherVietnamese citizens.

Claudio`s sister,Isabella, is about to be a nun immediately his brother is arrested.Isabella is religious, virtuous, and unfailingly chaste. She goes toLord Angelo to see for forgiveness when her brother is arrested. TheLord refuses, but he suggested other possible ways that could changeher mind. He proposes to have sex before her brother is released. Sherefuses amid shocks. Her brother urges her to do so, but changes hismind after that. Isabella is left to decide on the best option(Shakespeare &amp Lever 39). Fortunately, Isabella is relieved whenthe Duke intervenes from his disguise. He informs her that Mariana,Angelo`s previous lover was to be married to Lord Angelo. Theyplotted that Isabella would have sex with Angelo, and Mariana to goto her place.

Everything moves according to the plan. For fearing revenge, LordAngelo refuses to pardon Claudio. The Duke and the provost send thedead pirate to him, claiming that it is meant for Claudio. Angelotrusts that his orders were implemented. Isabella is informed abouther brother`s death, and that she has to file a complaint with theDuke. Duke later accused Angelo of immoral activities (Shakespeare &ampLever 47). He promises to preside over the case. Isabella informs himof her story, and The Duke refuses to believe her. The Duke laterreveals his real identity, and everybody there becomes honest.Claudio is pardoned Lord Angelo confesses, and the Duke soughtIsabella`s hand in marriage.

Characters

In Shakespeare`s &quotMeasure for Measure,&quot the charactersinclude the Duke, Lord Angelo, Isabella, Mariana, Escalus, andClaudio.

Quotes

Morality quote: &quotNay, but I know it`s so: I watch himarrest, carried away, and within these three, which is more days hishead will be chopped off.&quot

Religion quote: &quotDeath for death, Angelo for Claudio!Leisure answers leisure, haste pays haste Like quit like, and itsmeasure still for the measure. Angelo`s fault manifested.&quot

Explanation: The former discusses morality that infests itself in the&quotMeasure for Measure,&quot which emphasizes the need for thecharacter`s moral identity and the refusal of bad deeds. The latershows religion that was abandoned following Angelo`s faults and baddeeds over those he was responsible over.

Questions

  1. Is Isabella`s decision of failure to save her blood brother justified?

  2. Why did Mariana agree to Duke`s plan?

  3. Why did the Duke lie to Isabella about the death of her brother?

At the onset of the play, non-sexual beings are seen the play. Atwist of activities, decisions, and desired individuals are acharacteristic of individual propositions. The characters aredescribed as part of something described as a submission ofconvenience.

The wisdom attributed by some characters demonstrates intellect andpower. It also is a disclosure of an earlier own identity from a fewcharacters. Devotion for a friar, for instance, means that there is aneed for non-complications during decision making.

Theme ofTemperance of Mercy

A merciful juxtaposition is with a strict enforcement in &quotmeasurefor measure.&quot Characters, for example, Isabella, the Duke,Mariana, and Escalus, all advocated mercy to prevail. It is onlyAngelo that demands adherence to the strictness of the law. Mercy,according to Shakespeare &amp Lever (72), is a cause for repentance.The play is viewed as satirical and of self-righteous, but areligious movement towards its end, mercy prevailed with a louddenounce of immorality.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William, and Julius W. Lever. Measure for Measure.London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2000. Print.