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Measure for Measure (The World's Classics, the Oxford Shakespeare) (edition 1991)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:Measure for Measure (The World's Classics, the Oxford Shakespeare)
Authors:William Shakespeare
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Tags:Drama, Renaissance, British, Classic, Read, 1997

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Not my favorite of Shakespeare's-- but I do like the partially uncertain ending, especially since the duke's love for Isabel seems to have come out of nowhere.
  KatrinkaV | Oct 18, 2014 |
Quality of Writing: 10 out of 10
Pace: 9 out of 10
Plot Development: 9 out of 10
Characters: 9 out of 10
Enjoyability: 10 out of 10
Insightfulness: 9 out of 10
Ease of Reading: 7 out of 10
Photos/Illustrations: NA ( )
  AprilAnn0814 | Apr 15, 2014 |
Shakespeare's platform to explore the pitfalls of sexual repression in relation to political corruption. Angelo's cold commitment to justice is echoed by Isabella's completely irrational commitment to chastity, and then there is the Duke manipulating the whole affair of these characters' perceptions and realities for no more than his own sadistic entertainment. A play filled with jokes that you can't laugh at. Jokes unsettlingly devoid of all humor like oxygen sucked from a room. A disturbing comedy with some pointed messages. ( )
  poetontheone | Apr 8, 2014 |
While certainly not amongst my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, I did find "Measure for Measure" an enjoyable one.

It's a dark comedy. Claudio and gets his fiance Juliet pregnant, so he is sentenced to death for having sex before marriage by Angelo. Claudio's sister begs for his life and the once righteous Angelo attempts to strike a horrible bargain with her. The play also featured a disguised Duke who comes to the rescue.

This play is well-paced and not terribly difficult to follow. It lacks some of those great lines that have migrated into our vernacular though. ( )
  amerynth | May 25, 2013 |
A dark and difficult play, Measure for Measure has been a popular play since the latter half of the 20th century for its prescient dramatisation of the issues of sexual and political hypocrisy, and the ways in which the state interferes in the private lives of its citizens. Set in Duke Vincentio's Vienna, where poverty, disease and prostitution are rife, Claudio and his fiance Juliet are arrested for having sex before marriage, and Claudio is sentenced to death. Angelo, the Duke's deputy, who stands in for the Duke whilst he ostensibly goes off on a pilgrimage, enthusiastically endorses the sentence. In fact the Duke remains behind the scenes, watching Angelo as he falls for Claudio's sister Isabella, who comes to beg for her brother's life. Angelo is a wonderful creation, loathsome yet fascinating as he struggles with the double standards of his enforcement of draconian laws whilst lusting after the sister of the man he is prepared to execute, debating "The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?". No one is spared Shakespeare's withering look at the mores of early 17th-century life, not even the pimps and madams who try to get by in the midst of the Duke's bizarre and coercive disguises and performances. The deeply ambiguous ending of Measure for Measure confirms it as one of Shakespeare's most ambivalent and arguably despairing plays. --Jerry Brotton
  Roger_Scoppie | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Shame to him whose cruel striking
Kill for faults of his own liking.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
They say, best men are moulded out of faults,

And, for the most, become much more the better

For being a little bad.
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Features a duke who is so anxious about the decline in the moral quality of his subjects' lives that he temporarily removes himself from the government of his city-state and deputizes a member of his administration.

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