Measure for Measure Conclusion

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Measure for Measure is a disturbing play for critics, directors, and audiences alike. While the play raises a variety of compelling issues- the extent to which mercy should temper justice, the nature of power and the need for self-knowledge; the relationship between men and women and the definition of gender roles and human sexuality- none of these questions appears to be answered definitively by the close of the play. Angelo seems to be as inflexible as ever; Isabella 15 silent in the face of the Duke's marriage proposal; the Duke has used subterfuge to accomplish his aims; and Mariana is married to someone who doesn't want her. Is this, commentators ask, the stuff of tragedy or comedy? How, directors wonder, should Isabella's silence be staged? What are we to think of the Duke's behavior- is it manipulative or full of wisdom? Such issues continue to be hotly debated. Ultimately, we...

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