Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
Play - ISBN: 0198320108
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Review of "Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare"
This play really astounded me. Even with a not-brilliant English teacher, when I studied this at A-level it blew me away. There are so many levels, and best of all - no character is completely good or completely bad. There are motivations for everything, strange reactions, and lots to discuss.We could have spent the entire 2 years on this book, and still not even agreed what happens at the end!
Although it's one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, I would really recommend this to anyone wanting to get deeper into his writings. It's full of life, humour and reality.
(As people don't seem to have seen my update on the comment, I'm posting it here as well.)
SHORT PLOT SUMMARY:A girl is about to become a nun. At the same time, the Duke in charge of the city intends to go away to test his second-in-command. In reality, he stays and watches to see what happens. The first thing that happens is the introduction of strict purity laws, which result in the girl's brother being sentenced to death for his presence in a brothel. The Duke's second (now apparently a bad guy) says to the girl that if she sleeps with him, he will let her brother go, thus introducing the first hypocritical element.
From here onwards, farce, humour, switching places and an end resolution are all part of the plot. Traditional, you might say, but no. All the traditional elements are there, but in a new format.The ending is a complete surprise. If you see it as a play, it will help you to see different possibilities for the end. I don't want to spoil it for you!
Product Information : Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
Manufacturer's product descriptionPlay - ISBN: 0198320108
Title: Measure for Measure
Author: William Shakespeare
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