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Template for Lecture on Measure for MeasureEnglish 1330, Fall 2012Date of Composition: summer and fall of 1604-Elizabeth has died and James has become King-The King’s Men-The King will ask them to do a play for just him and his friends before puttingit on the Globe-James payed for the clothes the men wore in the playsDramatic Date and Setting: contemporary Vienna, AustriaSource: George Whetstone’s translation of Cinthio’s “Promos and Cassandra”-Promos to Angelo-Cassandra to Isabella-But the same plotText: first folio, would not exist if not for the first folio, set from the prompt bookAuthorial Attribution: worked aloneParticular Technical Information about the Play: 1.Most Christian play: the deep context of the play is Christianity; title is directly from the Bible out of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew) don’t judge others2.James had been king a little over a year, when the leadership changed there was a slight decline and the country wasn’t the samea.There was no one who did not remember Elizabeth being queenb.Transition between Elizabeth and James, the world is changing and people are uncomfortable In “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew5:1-7:27) Jesus lays out the central core of Christian theology, including ‘The Beatitudes,’ the Christian reinterpretation of Jewish law, ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ and the following verses: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (7:1-2).Backstory: Iiii20-32
-The duke is speaking and we learn that Austria has strict laws governing individuals’ behavior-For 14 years, the reigning duke has not been enforcing the law-The Great Chain of Being is not being enforced and the person not enforcing the law is the one giving the speech -The duke is saying that people are misbehaving as a result of laws not being enforced IIii142-152 -Claudio engaged to be married to Juliet -Play is ambiguous to whether they passed the stage of hand fasting -3 weeks away from getting married-Considered themselves married in all the forms of marriage without an actual ceremonyoJuliet has gotten pregnant-They had a hand fasting ceremony but it was in private-Juliet has relatives that will throw money into her dowry and they are going to keep it a secret so they can get a little extra money before they are get married-A certain degree of veniality-Because of Juliet’s pregnancy, Angelo was going to have Claudio executed for fornication -Claudio has a sister who has the spent the last 5 years becoming a nun in the Order of Saint Claire oThe strictest orders of nuns in the Roman Catholic ChurchoPoor Claire: live such modest livesoIsabella has been in the process for at least 5 years oAt least 5 years, at least 18 years old to be in the orderoThe church wants her to be extremely sure that she wants to be a nuno1styear: postulateo2ndyear: novicient oMinimum of 3 years: directly under the orders of Poor Claireo

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