William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" Book Review by Mcote
William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"
This paper discusses religious skepticism in William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure".
# 91973 | 2,275 words | 0 sources | 2006 |
Published on Feb 09, 2007 in Literature (English) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)
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This paper explains that, in William Shakespeare's problem comedy "Measure for Measure", there is a certain sense of Shakespeare's discomfort or downright cynicism toward the concepts of religion such as Providence, divine mercy and the afterlife. The author analyzes the way the actions of the characters of Duke Vincentio, Isabella and Claudio reflect the religious skepticism that Shakespeare so frequently insinuated into his work. The paper concludes that Claudio is the only one for whom the play ends with a truly happy ending; insinuating that perhaps for all of those, who deny their true nature and insist on living their lives to achieve the impossible standards of religion, perhaps there is no happy ending.
From the Paper:"The questionable actions of Isabella, too, can be construed as Shakespeare commenting on divine mercy. For instance, when dealing with her brother Claudio, Isabella shows little or no pity toward his eminent death when it is directly weighed against her chastity. Yet when Angelo is condemned for basically an identical crime for which he doomed Claudio, Isabella pleads to the Duke that Angelo might be spared because Angelo did not, for all intents and purposes, actually succeed in his objective. Since Isabella did not stand to lose anything in her defense of Angelo, she made it willingly. When Isabella was forced to give up something precious to herself, however, she chose her own salvation over her brother's salvation."
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