Measures journal 2 - Dylan Erickson Measure for Measure...

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Dylan EricksonMeasure for MeasureActs 2, 3, and 4As I read act 2 for a second time, some of the plot was easier to identify. I really noticed Escalus’ obedience to Angelo or to whoever in power is very strong. Seeing as Escalus is a very elderly advisor in the Duke’s council, he must have grown a strong loyalty to the government. Even though he morns Claudio’s imminent death, he trusts Angelo’s judgment and believes there is no remedy for his sins. What I also realized is that Angelo and Isabella were the two noblest characters in this play. As in class we stated that Angelo represented the justice in the story while Isabella represented the mercy. What I don’t understand is how Angelo fell from grace so easily and why did Shakespeare allow him to change quickly? Was it due to the prior engagement that you learned about in act 3? Possibly it could just represent the weakness that all men have towards women and how sexual desires take hold of our reason. It also seems that Isabella is the only real pure character within this story. Even though her brother could be spared from breaking her nobility, she does not wish to lose her virginity still. Meanwhile everyone had at least one point of weakness in this story. It was surprising to see that Claudio, who is condemning himself and preparing himself for death, changes his mind when he finds a way to escape death. Claudio agrees with Isabella that it would be wrong for her to lose her nobility for his life, but I noticed he kept asking for an actual explanation of the demands. I think that was a ploy to obtain as much information of his fate as possible. At first after knowing the actual terms of freedom, he refuses that option and curses Angelo. But, after consideration, he changes his mind and tries to persuade Isabella to give up her virginity to save his life. He was trying to say that her deflowering would turn into a virtue due to its circumstances. Isabella was disgusted by this. From that Claudio was ashamed of himself. The dialogue between Claudio and Isabella I believe
shows Claudio’s other side. The audience gave a lot of pity towards Claudio due to his willingness to follow the sentence, and the circumstances of his sentence when others such as

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