Measure for Measure | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Nigel Alexander

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Measure for Measure.
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Critical Essay by Nigel Alexander

SOURCE: Alexander, Nigel. Shakespeare: Measure for Measure. London: Edward Arnold, 1975, 64 p.

In the following excerpt, Alexander considers the classification, structure, and historical context of Measure for Measure.

Shakespeare's Comic Method

In order, therefore to appreciate the nature of this artistic triumph and understand the problems which it poses its audience the play must be seen not as some dark aberration but as a normal and crucial stage in Shakespeare's development.

The enormous technical triumphs of Julius Caesar and Hamlet made possible, after 1599, the power and intensity of the great tragedies. It may be possible to speak of a tragic period but it would be a mistake to regard these plays as evidence of a despairing spirit or consider the comedies written at the same time as inevitably tinged with pessimism. The early comedies contain matter dark enough for...

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