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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare, William
Mowat, Barbara a.
Werstine, Paul

Paperback

Series: Folger Shakespeare Library

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Publisher Price: $9.99

ISBN10: 1982157410
ISBN13: 9781982157418
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: Jul 7 2020
Pages: 336
Weight: 0.80
Height: 0.70 Width: 5.40 Depth: 8.20
Language: English
The authoritative edition of Measure for Measure from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.

Measure for Measure is among the most passionately discussed of Shakespeare's plays. In it, a duke temporarily removes himself from governing his city-state, deputizing a member of his administration, Angelo, to enforce the laws more rigorously. Angelo chooses as his first victim Claudio, condemning him to death because he impregnated Juliet before their marriage.

Claudio's sister Isabella, who is entering a convent, pleads for her brother's life. Angelo attempts to extort sex from her, but Isabella preserves her chastity. The duke, in disguise, eavesdrops as she tells her brother about Angelo's behavior, then offers to ally himself with her against Angelo.

Modern responses to the play show how it can be transformed by its reception in present culture to evoke continuing fascination. To some, the duke (the government) seems meddlesome; to others, he is properly imposing moral standards. Angelo and Isabella's encounter exemplifies sexual harassment. Others see a woman's right to control her body in Isabella's choice between her virginity and her brother's life.

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