The Thread between Justice and Mercy Book Review

The Thread between Justice and Mercy
Review of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" within the context of Cinthio's "The Story of Epitia."
# 120354 | 1,066 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2010 in Literature (Italian) , Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)


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This paper provides a comparative review of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," not only using the context of Cinthio's "The Story of Epitia," but also modifying its plot through changing character portrayals and reactions in order to investigate the themes of women, marriage, justice, and mercy. The paper explains that by juxtaposing the portrayals of Cinthio's Juriste and Shakespeare's Angelo, Shakespeare not only shows a stark contrast between the attitudes and the means to how these men rule their people, but he also defines justice and mercy in the representation of Angelo and Juriste. The paper concludes that Shakespeare ultimately reveals that marriage is the balance between justice and mercy.

From the Paper:

"Shakespeare's Measure for Measure not only uses the context of Cinthio's "The Story of Epitia," but also modifies its plot through changing character portrayals and reactions in order to investigate the themes of women and marriage, justice and mercy. By juxtaposing the portrayals of Cinthio's Juriste and Shakespeare's Angelo, Shakespeare not only shows a stark contrast between the attitudes and the means to how these men rule their people, but he also defines justice and mercy in the representation of Angelo and Juriste. By analyzing the tone and the language in Angelo and Juriste's confession and plea for 'forgiveness,' and focusing on the punishments received by the two, Shakespeare ultimately reveals that marriage is the balance between justice and mercy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cinthio, G.B. Giraldi. "The Story of Epitia." English 418 Course Packet. 2009. 228-38. Print.
  • Shakespeare, William, Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, Katharine Eisaman
  • Maus, and Andrew Gurr. "Measure for Measure." The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. 2048-108. Print

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