Measure for Measure (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)

Measure for Measure (Wordsworth Classics) By William Shakespeare, Cedric Watts (Editor), Cedric Watts (Introduction by) Cover Image
By William Shakespeare, Cedric Watts (Editor), Cedric Watts (Introduction by)
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Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex.

In the hope of saving her brother's life, should a woman submit to rape? Should the law be respected when its administrator is corrupt? How powerful in the state should religion become? Although Measure for Measure ends like a comedy, with reconciliations, forgiveness and marriages, it has often been regarded as one of Shakespeare's problem plays. The drama shows the difficulty of effecting an appropriate balance between judicial severity and mercy, between sexual repression and decadence, and between political vigilance and social manipulation. These problems remain topical, and, in Measure for Measure, they are given immediacy by vivid character-conflicts and memorably intense poetry. This is one of Shakespeare's most probing and powerful works.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781853262517
ISBN-10: 185326251X
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Publication Date: May 5th, 1995
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Wordsworth Classics