Measure for Measure | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Yukari Yoshihara

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Measure for Measure.
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Critical Essay by Yukari Yoshihara

SOURCE: Yoshihara, Yukari. “Money and Sexuality in Measure for Measure.” In Japanese Studies in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, edited by Yoshiko Kawachi, pp. 70-85. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998.

In the following essay, Yoshihara treats the themes of money and sexuality in Measure for Measure.

Measure for Measure is much concerned with substitution, exchange and replacement. Angelo is substituted for the Duke as deputy; he proposes that Isabella's maidenhead should be exchanged for Claudio's head or his life; Mariana replaces Isabella in the bed trick; Regozine's head is substituted for Claudio's. In other words, they are exchangeable commodities like money. Furthermore, in the play, sexual reproduction is under surveillance by the state, just as coinage is. Illicit generation is compared to counterfeiting, and the crime of those who get &#x...

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