Measure for Measure (2020)

Measure for Measure William Shakespeare N. W. Bawcutt Measure for Measure When Claudio breaks the new laws against vice in Vienna by getting his financee Julietta pregnant a series of ethical issues is brought under scrutiny His sister s virtue is held to ransom by the d
  • Title: Measure for Measure
  • Author: William Shakespeare N. W. Bawcutt
  • ISBN: 9780199535842
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare N. W. Bawcutt When Claudio breaks the new laws against vice in Vienna by getting his financee, Julietta, pregnant, a series of ethical issues is brought under scrutiny His sister s virtue is held to ransom by the deputy rule of the city until justice is done, mercy shown, and order restored This is among Shakespeare s most vivid dramatic projections of moral duplicity The introductioWhen Claudio breaks the new laws against vice in Vienna by getting his financee, Julietta, pregnant, a series of ethical issues is brought under scrutiny His sister s virtue is held to ransom by the deputy rule of the city until justice is done, mercy shown, and order restored This is among Shakespeare s most vivid dramatic projections of moral duplicity The introduction discusses the origins of his treatment of the well known story and examines his sources The editor also sets the play in its historical context and offers the most comprehensive available account of the text s theatrical life from Restoration adaptations to present day productions.
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare N. W. Bawcutt

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  1. PirateSteve

    Shakespeare was pushing the boundaries with Measure for Measure.A royal proclamation under Elizabeth 1st in 1559 strictly prohibited stage plays from dealing with matters of religion or current public issues of governance In the early years of the 1600 s London was in a dilemma The translation of the King James Version Bible had just begun yet lawlessness run rampant in London Within sight of Shakespeare s own Globe Theater were houses of prostitution Mr.Shakespeare had an idea for a play but th [...]

  2. BillKerwin

    Why is it that I love the universe of this dark comedy so much, and why does it strike me as not really being so dark after all Could it be because it is presided over by a god the young Duke who is priggish, diffident and comically vain when his reputation is attacked by Lucio , and yet is unfailingly just and honorably susceptible to the attractions of female goodness and beauty Is it because the villain Angelo is so pathetic and small that one never seriously expects he will win Or is it beca [...]

  3. James

    Book Review3 out of 5 stars to Measure for Measure, written in 1603 by William Shakespeare When I think of reasons why people find Shakespeare difficult to read or understand, this is the play that most comes to mind It s a good play But you won t get much from it on a single read And if you re not a fan of classic literature, or easily able to understand language differences from 400 years ago, it will be even harder to digest this one Part of me believes this isn t all that different from some [...]

  4. Bookdragon Sean

    I struggled with this, big time But, when I read it for a second time I began to see how it all fit together Then I went for a third attempt, and saw something else entirely There are always different layers of meaning in Shakespeare s work, and it s always quite hard to make a solid interpretation Someone out there will argue against what you are saying, and rightly so because who is to say where the true meaning of a piece of literature is Not me, that s for sure, all I can do is try to form m [...]

  5. Trevor

    This is a much troubling play than a comedy really has a right to be To be honest, it is very hard to call this play a comedy unlike Much Ado or Twelfth Night, the laughs don t exactly come thick and fast In general outline this could easily enough be considered a romantic comedy girl in trouble, boy cleverly rescues girl, girl marries boy a perfect description of the genre But the central story to this one is a very strange idea for a comedy.Here s the main story line with the incidental stori [...]

  6. Darwin8u

    Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,Nothing goes right we would and we would not William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure Let me start this review with a personal bias I PREFER it when politicos pretend to be priests, rather than when priests pretend to be politicos Apparently, Shakespeare is on MY side Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare s dark comedies or problem plays like Troilus and Cressida and All s Well That Ends Well It is certainly dark It could easily be a funky beer or da [...]

  7. David Sarkies

    A Tale of Forgiveness30 October 2016 When I was recently in London I picked up a box set at The Globe containing a collection of plays that they had filmed and kindly decided to release As such when I sat down on the train and began reading this play I half expected to be able to then go and watch it at a later date As it turned out one of the plays that wasn t included in the box set was this one, which was a real shame because when I was at the Globe I did see a number of plays that weren t in [...]

  8. M.

    Bug ne kadar okuduklar m aras nda en ak c ve keyifli buldu um Shakespeare tiyatrolar ndan birisiydi Elbette oynanmak i in yaz lm , okunmak i in de il Yine de okumas pek ok Shakespeare tiyatrosuna g re kolayd yani zihinde canland rmas kolayd Hem davet eder hem de ondan korkars n, kide bir uyan r, ya yor muyum diye sorars n Sen kendine yetmezsin, nk topra n retti i binlerce tah ldan yaln zca bir zerresin Mutlu de ilsin, nk sende olmayana kavu mak i inDidinir durursun.G venilir de ilsin, nk g kteki [...]

  9. Wanda

    The last of Shakespeare s comedies and I get the distinct impression that he was already done with that genre and somehow got convinced to do just one As part of my goal to see all of Shakespeare s plays performed, I attended a screening of Measure for Measure, filmed in Stratford, England If you struggle with Shakespeare, I can t recommend highly enough that you see performances of his works, rather than try to read them In this production, I appreciated how well they used the stage, the scene [...]

  10. Melora

    Wow Only Shakespeare could take such an unlikeable bunch of characters and implausible plot and create such an enjoyable play, though a fair lot of the fascination is of the train wreck variety desire to see Angelo get his just desserts, amazement at the Duke s stupidity, and disappointment at Isabella s priorities The scene I really missed was the one where the oh so holy Isabella asks Mariana to fill in for her with Angelo in order to save Isabella s brother That was a request that took some g [...]

  11. Alp Turgut

    Shakespeare in di er komedyalar na k yasla daha ciddi bir tona sahip oldu u i in tragikomedya olarak tan mlanabilecek Measure for Measure K sasa K sas , i inde bir ok ahlaksal konuyu bar nd ran ele tirel alt metniyle olduk a ba ar l bir eser nsan erdemlili i zerine d nd r c eler okuma ans buldu umuz oyunun cinsellik ve bekaret zerine olan yenilik i tutumu hem Shakespeare oyunlar a s ndan hem de zaman n n artlar na g re fazlas yla nem ta yor te yandan, zaman zaman ncil le paralellik g steren eser [...]

  12. Jeannette Nikolova

    2015 Reading Challenge A Book You Were Supposed to Read in High School But Didn tI honestly don t have an explaination for this one The characters didn t sit well with me The dilemma about the brother s life who was after all guilty , and the sistet s virtue annoyed me greatly, as I think that crimes deserve punishment Also, whatever comic element there was in this, it was lost on me I didn t find anything in Measure for Measure funny All of the character were too flawed to be fun or in any way [...]

  13. Aifos

    Fast to read and very entertaining Really excited to discuss this one in class I have conflicting feelings about the Duke, honestly I think he is as bad as Angelo, even though he thinks himself above anyone else The Duke simply didn t want to dirty his hands by tainting his otherwise clean reputation So Angelo was put in charge Angelo is a young, inexperienced man, who is very cold, detached from emotions and virtuous or so did Shakespeare wants us to believe I don t think he is blameless, after [...]

  14. Brad

    Me Is this the most important Shakespeare play in our now I That s a bit of a leap, doesn t it His histories are such powerful studies of leadership and war which seem pretty damn timely and what about his tragedies Caesar Hamlet Titus The Scottish Play sorry, I m performing Shakespeare at the moment Coriolanus And the rest They all seem pretty fucking timely.Me Okay Fair I But Me But the problem plays Are they less timely Isn t the very nature of the problem play a millennial style concern Are [...]

  15. Xueting

    Probably my favourite Shakespeare I have read so far Really quite originally explores the very traditional issues of justice and equality, showing how no one s completely free from sinful desires and temptations Lord Angelo s terrible Isabella s admirable The innuendos laughable A comedy without romance carrying the storyline though I thought there finally won t be any unrealistic crazy romances that drastically end the play in a marriage, in the end there were still than one of such crazy marr [...]

  16. Terence

    Measure for Measure, as the title suggests, is all about weighing out appropriate portions of love, of mercy, of justice The plot is simple enough The Duke of Vienna, concerned that his people have thrown off restraint and have sunk too far into liberty, leaves the city in the hands of Angelo, a man notorious for his strictness and inhuman discipline As Lucio observes in two instances once to Isabella and again to the Duke Upon his place,Governs Lord Angelo a man whose bloodIs very snow broth on [...]

  17. hossein sharifi

    An Angelo for Claudio, death for death Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure Like doth quit like, and Measure still for Measure.Mariana by John Everett Millais 1851 1 Plot type Comedy1 Shadow of darkness2 Pressure of darkness3 Everything comes to light2 Claudio is sentenced to death for fornicating having sexual intercourse with his girlfriend and getting her pregnant He is headed for the chopping block if someone doesn t intervene on his behalf Conflict 3 Isabella, Claudio s siste [...]

  18. Sarah AlObaid

    Not my favorite play by shakespeare but it does open the door for a lot discussion and the sharing of opinions since it revolves around a moral dilemma and deals a lot with the social issues of its time.

  19. Alan

    After reading Of Spousals in the Treasure Room of the Harvard Law Library, I wrote two Shakespeare Association of America papers on the handshake spousals marriages in this play, approved by Judge Henry Swinburne of York Minster, whose courtroom still exists See google Alan Powers 21x16 Probably than any other Shakespeare play, Measure for Measure gains immensely from the context in which it appeared This Ivo Kamps brings to the play with myriad documents from 1604 or thereabouts, such as the C [...]

  20. Jess

    Not one of his best, I think There s so much scope for moral debate here the death vs dishonour theme is pretty dominant, namely in Isabella s refusal to give up her virginity to save Claudio, but her decision is never questioned and it should be Instead Measure for Measure focuses on justice, slander and of course marriage In the end, though, pretty much everyone gets what they deserve, at least in the eyes of the domineering Duke Vincentio, so if I compare it to the other problem play I ve rea [...]

  21. Stephen Cobb

    I can t believe I made it 51 years on this earth without encountering Measure for Measure Perhaps it s for the best the mature theme of how to discern and judge justly is weighty with the cycles of human development it helps to have a few grey hairs to have lived through the many perspectives that Shakespeare offers through his characters.Perhaps we shouldn t mark the beginning of modern psychology with Freud Shakespeare has the best character analysis of any modern thinker I know.

  22. Jasmine

    Just another piece of homework for Contemporary British Theatre class I watched one of the productions and it was a drama about justice and virtue Also had an issue regarding the purity of humanity I do appreciate different forms of art.

  23. Ariel

    So, this ended up being AWESOME I m kind of disappointed that I d never heard of this play before, and that this isn t one of Shakespeare s giant plays I found the plot of this story a lot exciting than other Shakespeare s I ve read Tempest I m looking at you and I thought that the moral dilemmas and questions where a lot interesting than other Shakespeare s I ve read Twelfth Night you re a let down.I think I know why it isn t so big though For the same reasons I didn t give it 5 stars, maybe [...]

  24. Annika

    The end reminded me a lot of Much Ado About Nothing, but it was still very good Not my favorite Shakespeare, but as great as everything by him.

  25. Milly

    This is probably my favorite Shakespeare work Granted, I could do without Launcelot and the plot line isn t always logical, but by and large Measure is a superb mix of the satirical and poetic A true problem play , the give and take between comedy and tragedy makes the work rich and complex in a way that you don t find with easily categorized works Imperfect authority passing judgment on the imperfections of others, secular flaws and desires shielded behind the authority of spirituality It make [...]

  26. Cindy Rollins

    Shakespeare answers the question what is self righteousness and how do we deal with it and I think he answers the question with grace and humor The plot revolves around this good and just man who signs up for Ashley Madison never realizing his employer is monitoring his computer In the end he is punished by having to marry his betrothed Fair dealing for the betrothed in that culture It always seems to me that Shakespeare has a fair amount of respect for women and even goodness and a fair assessm [...]

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