Arrangement of Serious and Comic Elements in Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare has variously been described as an allegory, a morality play, and a satire. But perhaps, the most satisfactory label for it is tragicomedy or a dark comedy or a bitter comedy. A tragicomedy is a play in which the action passes through a series of tragic situations but which ends […]

The Character of Isabella in Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. In one sense it deserves to be considered as a drama of ideas. Isabella, the heroine of this play, is a problematic character because she displays conflicting moral and legal notions through her attitude to sin, justice, celibacy, marriage etc. She is a bundle of contradictions […]

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