Period 5 November 15, 2005 Measure for Measure Explication Could great men thunder As Jove himself does, Jove would never be quiet, For every pelting, petty officer Would use his heaven for thunder, Nothing but thunder. Merciful Heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak, Than the soft myrtle. But man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As makes the angels weep, who with our spleens Would all themselves laugh mortal. (2.2.139-152) A theme that Shakespeare explores in Measure for Measure , is the proper use of power. Isabella’s speech to Angelo is telling him that the way he is currently ruling is unfair. Isabella believes that Angelo has been given a small amount of power and is using it tyrannously simply to test how much authority he has. Isabella criticizes Angelo through her comparison of him to Jove, the god of thunder. She speaks with vehemence
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