Self-Interest in "Measure for Measure" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Self-Interest in "Measure for Measure"
An analysis of the motive and punishment in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure".
# 120084 | 1,423 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US

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The paper describes how in "Measure for Measure", Shakespeare presents several characters whose actions, supposedly taken in furtherance of justice, are extremely confusing. The paper first looks at Angelo's pursuance of swift and harsh punishment that transforms from a desire to give meaning to the law into a selfish and malicious agenda. Then, the paper contrasts Angelo to Lucio and focuses on Lucio's attempts to save Claudio and his carefree gossip with the Friar. Finally, the paper shows how the Duke's actions seem duplicitous in that he professes to want to establish order and justice, but is only willing to reach this end by underhanded means.

From the Paper:

"Angelo believes that the law should be rigid and not humane. Claudio's execution is intended to set an example for the citizenry of Vienna. However, it seems at the least to be bad policy to execute a man who is about to become a father and leave the mother a widow and the child without a provider, simply for the crime of creating this child out of wedlock in the first place. If Claudio and Juliet's relationship was consensual, and Claudio was willing to marry Juliet, then why must the law be applied so rigidly? This makes Angelo's sense of justice appear not rationale, but rather cruel since the punishment will affect not only Claudio, but also Juliet and their child."

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