Measure For Measure Death Essay

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Measure for Measure: Shakespeare creates a twisted outlook on the concept of death in Measure for Measure. He displays comedy but also includes a tragic element by introducing the binary of life and death. He uses a combination of history, tragedy, and comedy to create this problem play. Shakespeare paints reality by frequently portraying death, which is a stark contrast to the comedic genre the play initially begins with. I The theme of afterlife emerges in Act 3 Scene 1 and remains prominent throughout the play, the Duke (as Friar Lodowick) causes Claudio to realize he has nothing to live for and makes death appealing to him. The Duke says: Friend hast thou none For thine own bowels which do call the sire The mere…show more content…
This play makes the reader question whether it is a comedy or a tragedy, but throughout this scene. It seems to be tragic. Nay, hear me, Isabel- Isabella: O, fie, fie, fie! Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade. Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd ‘Tis best that thou diest quickly. Claudio: O, hear me, Isabella- (III.i.165-170) Claudio begs for his life which pressurizes Isabella to give up to Angelo’s suggestion, however Isabella shouts back in disgust because Claudio had started to consider Angelo’s offer. She would follow the path of a nun rather than saving her brother’s life. Isabella says “bawd” referring to herself giving her body for something in return, as a prostitute would for money. In this case, she would be have Claudio’s life spared, instead of money. She exclaims that she wants Claudio to die, but does not allow Claudio to speak. Isabella storms off without giving Claudio a say in his death, letting him know that she betrayed him. At this moment, the characters take a tragic turn, during which they debate the value of life or the purpose of death. III Duke (As Friar Lodowick): Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her; Only he hath made an assay of her virtue, to practice his judgement with the disposition of natures. …tomorrow you must die. Go to your knees and make ready. (III.i.180-185) The Duke tells Claudio that Angelo only tried to seduce Isabella to test her
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