Measure for Measure - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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The Duke, still in the guise of a friar, ministers to Claudio, preparing him for his coming execution. He argues that life is something that "none but fools would keep." After the sermon Claudio thanks the Duke and says that he now looks forward to death for in "seeking death [he] finds life."

Isabella enters and the Duke excuses himself so they can be alone, but asks the Provost to put him somewhere he can listen to their conversation. Isabella tells of her encounter with Angelo and his proposition to her. Claudio is appalled that Angelo would make a mockery of the law while claiming to enforce it. He tells his sister that she cannot agree to do what Angelo asked, which relieves Isabella. However, his fear of death soon overwhelms him, and he pleads with her: "sweet sister, let...

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