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Essay | The Sparing of Angelo in "Measure for Measure"

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The Sparing of Angelo in "Measure for Measure"

Summary: In William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," Angelo was spared for his crimes. But instead of justified punishment, the reader can feel indignation when he finds him spared.
Question: Samuel Johnson says that in William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," "Angelo's crimes were such, as must sufficiently justify punishment and I believe every reader feels some indignation when he finds him spared." Discuss.

Answer: Johnson says that `every reader feels some indignation when' Angelo is `spared', this thought I feel depends on what genre you think the play is and the person you are. `Measure for Measure' has always been mainly referred to as a problem play because of its dark nature and sardonic questioning of the values and beliefs of both the characters and readers that constantly leaves us in a bewildering and uncertain manner. With these judgements in mind why do we the readers expect the ending to be any different, to come to a complete resolution where good triumphs evil? Thus Johnson's indignation is noted but in my...

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