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William Amrhein Teresa Nugent ENGL 3000- Shakespeare for Non-Majors 3/25/08 (Coming from ARUBA!) Shakespeare’s Political Messages in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure Throughout civilized history, there has always been a leader who either earns or demands obedience and respect. In Shakespeare’s time, a king or queen had absolute power over the church, the laws, and, in essence, the identity of a culture. Often times when leaders enter their position, they try to make their mark by creating a plan that abides by their idea what is best for their country. This can be seen throughout American history, for example, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and FDR’s New Deal . In the beginning, a civilization can be skeptical of a new leader, but over time, they often become well-respected figures. Between the times that Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure , Queen Elizabeth’s reign started to come to an end, and a new king, James I, awaited his overtaking of the throne. After a lifetime of
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