Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"
An analysis of William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure".
# 66074 | 2,605 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on May 28, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

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This paper discusses and analyzes Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure", focusing primarily on Act V, Scene I. The paper explains that this play uses the theme of a duke disguising himself as a commoner and going among the people to find out what they really felt about his rule, as a ploy to bring out the truth about the characters of those surrounding the Duke. The paper also explains that Shakespeare adds a twist to the theme when he has the Duke portray a Friar or Holy man who is able to hear confessions and speak to the dying and the condemned.

From the Paper:

"We notice that Angelo is more harsh with an individual who was legally betrothed to a woman, got her pregnant and did not marry her than he was with the prostitutes. He did his best to put prostitutes out of business, but no where in the play did it mention Angelo had either them or their "johns" beheaded. Some of this discrepancy is the result of class prejudice. The upper classes had assets and titles. Out of wedlock children were not only and embarrassment but often could contest for both the assets and titles of their deceased father if he had no legitimate male offspring. The lower working classes often had children out of wedlock. Since little or no property was involved, the law turned its head."

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