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What did Coleridge call Measure for Measure?

a 'hateful' play


What does Stevenson say of the link between politics and the play?

'It is a play in which the political element bears the conscious and unmistakable imprint of the predilections of James I himself as Shakespeare and his London audience were aware of them in the first flush of the post-Elizabethan era.'


What does Taylor say about the element of melodrama in Measure for Measure?

It is partially created by the lack of a 'linear progression' as found in 'As You Like It' by Shakespeare


What is the supposed effect of the ending according to Magedanz?

Shock the audience

Make them contemplate the 'irrational benefits of forgiveness'


According to Stevenson, the play...

'followed patterns which the King had publicly advocated.'


Stevenson on James I

'he thought of himself as an intellectual'


H.C. Hart has doubted what claims relevant to an analogy of James and the Duke?

That James I avoided crowds


Though, what did Dugdale publish in 1604?

A pamphlet describing James's contempt for the 'rudeness of the multitude'


According to Stevenson?

Shakespeare 'mined' the Basicillon Doron for intellectual thought into the drama so as to praise his new 'dramatic patron'

e.g. the 'Heaven doth with us as we with torches do'
The promotion of virtue is important here


Declan Donnellan

'It is a play about how the government controls us'
According to him, what does gov. and church use?Shame


Everett on Measure for Measure's fundamental clash

"Measure for Measure takes a great leap into the centre of disharmony; and its chief discordance or broken music is that of inner against outer, Mind against Body."


Everett on pregnancy in the play

Pregnancy has an obvious place in a play that deals with the private act of love and the public role of childbearing."


Everett says birth brings...

"But in Measure for Measure what is sought is merely reconciliation, some end of the war between Body and Mind."


Everett on venereal disease and death?

"Venereal disease, in the 16th century beginning its steady spread across Europe, must have seemed unanswerable evidence that the wages of sin is death"


Everett further on disease

"The disease jokes socialise the disease, so that it becomes a phenomenon of a sick society, almost a fashion."


Everett on love and survival

"Shakespeare has associated his characters' desperate need to survive with real issues of human love."


What did Fiona Dunlop say the play is primarily concerned with?

'questions of 'government'.'