Paper 1.Due 11-10-2014.docx - Drumond 1 Shari Drumond Shakespeare Professor Stockard November 1 2014 Analysis of Shakespeares Measure for Measure This

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Drumond 1 Shari Drumond Shakespeare Professor Stockard November 1, 2014 Analysis 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 pleaded to have Angelo’s life spared by the hands of the duke. She speaks about things such as justice, judgment and intentionality—these topics also have important roles, as they show up in numerous other places within the play. As we are all aware, the play revolves around Isabella, her brother—Claudio—and the temporary duke, Angelo. Claudio was sentenced to death because, by law, a couple couldn’t engage in pre-marital sex, although they were married, just not “officially” married (in his mind, Claudio was already married to Juliet officially). Nowadays, something like this wouldn’t be shared with everyone else, or even considered a big deal, but Angelo followed the law down to the “T.”
Drumond 2 One thing that must be put into consideration is the vast difference between Isabella and Angelo, especially in terms of how they view justice. The best possible example of their differing views would have to be in Act II. iv. Here, Isabella was attempting to make a plea deal with Angelo in that her brother 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!

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