Measure for Measure - Act 4, Scene 6 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 6 Summary

Mariana and Isabella discuss the roles they have been assigned in the Duke's scheme. Isabella has been directed to accuse Angelo, but thinks Mariana should be the one to do it since she actually slept with him. Mariana urges Isabella to do as the "Friar," i.e. the Duke, says. Isabella has also been warned that the Friar (Duke) may not take her side at first. His reason for this is only that "'tis a physic/ That's bitter to sweet end." In other words, the result will be worth the pain. Friar Peter enters to take Isabella and Mariana to the gate because the Duke is entering.

Act 4, Scene 6 Analysis

More of the Duke's planning is seen here. While some of the planning is revealed, the Duke's motivations for wanting things a certain way are hidden. Why does he want Isabella...

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