Measure For Measure

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Described as a "problem play" Measure for Measure is only as much a problem as life itself is- that is, are there any easy answers to questions aplenty? For example: when "mortality and mercy" live in one person's mouth, can justice be said to exist - as such? And: when you're a young woman on the very verge of dedicating your whole life and being to the service of God and the judge condemning your brother to death for the newly re-invented crime of fornication with a loved one wants your love given him in return for your brother's life - well, what do you do then? There is, fortunately, perhaps, an old, fantastical duke of dark corners who, watching over all these machinations like a power divine, has all the easy answers; but his idea of a final, happy ending may not be, precisely, yours. (Summary by Tony Addison)

Genre(s): Comedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act One Tony Addison
Play 02 Act Two Tony Addison
Play 03 Act Three Tony Addison
Play 04 Act Four Tony Addison
Play 05 Act Five Tony Addison