Measure for Measure | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Harriett Hawkins

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Measure for Measure.
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Critical Essay by Harriett Hawkins

SOURCE: " 'They That Have Power to Hurt and Will Do None': Tragic Facts and Comic Fictions in Measure for Measure," in Likenesses of Truth in Elizabethan and Restoration Drama, Oxford University Press, 1972, pp. 51-78.

Below, Hawkins discusses the discrepancies between the two halves of Measure for Measure, and maintains that as tragicomedy, the play "is a magnificent failure" in that the contradictions in the playbetween "equally valid claims to human devotion " and between the comic and tragic formsmay be irreconcilable.

We ourselves esteem not of that obedience, or love, or gift, which is of force.

Milton

It is an old paradox of literary history that certain works which confront their critics with conspicuous flaws (like Measure for Measure) nevertheless remain greater than similar works whichpose no serious difficulties (like Marston...

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