Measure for Measure
Questions for Study
Is Isabella's decision not to save her brother justified?
Isabella says that she would gladly give her life to save Claudio. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
Why does Mariana agree to the Duke's plan?
Why does the Duke lie to Isabella about her brother's death?
Although Measure for Measure's plot is complicated, it could be argued that its characters are simple. How would you support or refute this statement?
Does Isabella function as a symbol of femininity? Why or why not?
Is the play's conclusion satisfying? Why or why not?
Why is marriage a punishment for many of the characters?
How is death treated? What does this say about the relative value placed on people's lives?
Does the Duke help Isabella only because he is in love with her?
by DanMitchell23, March 21, 2013
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by Hayley1818, April 23, 2013
It's a good idea to note that Lucio is the one who finds outs that Claudio is being arrested, and Lucio is the one who goes to Isabella, for Claudio, to ask for her help. Lucio's main appearance is basically for comic relief, but he also has a place in the plot line.
It's also a good idea to note that Lucio accompanies Isabella to appeal the release of her brother to Angelo. While Isabella pleads for Claudio's life out of sisterly love, she also can't help but to agree with Angelo that what Claudio did was wrong. Therefore, Isabelle f... Read more→
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by Toulgoat, May 05, 2013
Correction: Isabella is not unfailingly virtuous.
Claudio asks Lucio to acquaint Isabella with his fate that she might persuade Angelo for, "in her youth/There is a prone and speechless dialect/Such as move men; beside, she hath prosperous art/When she will play with reason and discourse,/And well she can persuade" [1.2.179-83]. Though Claudio's last remark makes allusion of her astute ability to bend words, it is also used in juxtaposition with her "speechless dialect/Such as move men," referring to sex; Claudio is inferring that Is... Read more→
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