Drumond 1Shari DrumondShakespeareProfessor StockardNovember 1, 2014Analysis of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”This essay will be taking at a look at Shakespeare’s play“Measure for Measure” and more specifically how Isabella pleadedto have Angelo’s life spared by the hands of the duke. She speaksabout things such as justice, judgment and intentionality—thesetopics also have important roles, as they show up in numerousother places within the play.As we are all aware, the play revolves around Isabella, herbrother—Claudio—and the temporary duke, Angelo. Claudio wassentenced to death because, by law, a couple couldn’t engage inpre-marital sex, although they were married, just not“officially” married (in his mind, Claudio was already married toJuliet officially). Nowadays, something like this wouldn’t beshared with everyone else, or even considered a big deal, butAngelo followed the law down to the “T.”
Drumond 2One thing that must be put into consideration is the vastdifference between Isabella and Angelo, especially in terms ofhow they view justice. The best possible example of theirdiffering views would have to be in Act II. iv. Here, Isabellawas attempting to make a plea deal with Angelo in that herbrother wouldn’t be executed. Isabella states this (lines 69—73):“That I do beg for his life, if it be sin,/Heaven let me bear it!