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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
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May 31, 2011

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This play is about the corruption of power, the nature of morality, and the tension between restraint and indulgence. In examining these issues, Shakespeare asks, "Does the state have the right to impose standards of morality on its citizens, and if so, does it also have the right to punish them if these standards are broken?" He also asks questions about the nature of justice and judgement not only as it relates to secular culture but also in how it relates to Biblical standards. The plot, itself, is ridiculous because the Duke disguises himself and manipulates people for his own gain, yet he disguises it as being for their own good. It's so frustrating that all of the problems in the play could have been resolved much more easily had the Duke revealed himself and claimed his right to authority sooner. If you're interested in studying the nuances of standards of morality and what constitutes sin, then you will enjoy this play, despite the irritating nature of the plot.

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