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The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms For common justice i.i The Duke

Justice

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The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms For common justice i.i The Duke

Justice

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The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms For common justice you're as pregnant in As art and practise hath enriched any That we remember i.i The Duke

Justice, sexual imagery

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Lent him our terror, dress'd him with our love, And given his deputation all the organs Of our own power i.i The Duke

Power (and how power corrupts), Justice and punishment, (terror), mercy (love)

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Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not i.i The Duke to Angelo

Appearance vs reality, public vs private, virtue vs vice

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Mortality and mercy  in Vienna Live in thy tongue and heart i.i The Duke to Angelo

Justice vs morality, virtue vs vice

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Let there be some more test made of my metal, Before so noble and so great a figure Be stamp'd upon it. i.i Angelo

Power, authority

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Why, how now, Claudio! whence comes this restraint? CLAUDIO From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: i.ii Lucio and Angelo

Liberty vs restriction, virtue vs vice

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the morality of imprisonment  i.ii Lucio

Liberty vs constraint, virtue vs vice

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Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, lets it straight feel the spur;  i.ii Claudio about Angelo

Power and how power corrupts, justice vs mercy

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the dribbling dart of love i.iii The Duke

Desire vs absitnence 

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We have strict statutes and most biting laws. The needful bits and curbs to headstrong weeds, i.iii The Duke

Justice and punishment vs mercy, liberty vs constraint

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Now, as fond fathers, Having bound up the threatening twigs of birch, Only to stick it in their children's sight For terror, not to use, i.iii The Duke

Justice and punishment vs mercy, liberty vs constraint

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Liberty plucks Justice by the nose i.iii The Duke

Justice and punishment vs mercy

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Your brother and his lover have embraced: As those that feed grow full, as blossoming time i.iv Lucio about Claudio

Liberty vs constraint, desire vs abstinence 

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That from the seedness the bare fallow brings To teeming foison i.iv Lucio about Claudio

Desire vs abstinence, sex as a natural part of human nature that can't be legislated out of existence 

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even so her plenteous womb Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry i.iv Lucio about Claudio

Desire vs abstinence, sex as a natural part of human nature that can't be legislated out of existence 

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a man whose blood Is very snow-broth  i.iv  Lucio about Angelo

Desire vs abstinence, liberty vs constraint, emotion vs reason

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We must not make a scarecrow of the law, Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, And let it keep one shape, till custom make it Their perch and not their terror. ii.i Angelo

Justice and punishment vs mercy, power

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'Tis very pregnant, The jewel that we find, we stoop and take't Because we see it; but what we do not see We tread upon, and never think of it. ii.i Angelo

Pragmatic justice vs idealised justice (mercy), equality in how we deal with crime and punishment (measure for measure)

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Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all! Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none: And some condemned for a fault alone. ii.i Escalus

Equality in how we deal with crime and punishment (measure for measure), virtue vs vice

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For which I would not plead, but that I must; For which I must not plead, but that I am At war 'twixt will and will not. ii.ii Isabella

Justice vs mercy

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There is a vice that most I do abhor, And most desire should meet the blow of justice; ii.ii Isabella

Virtue vs vice, justice vs mercy

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No ceremony that to great ones 'longs, Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword, The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe, Become them with one half so good a grace As mercy does. ii.ii Isabella

Power, justice vs mercy, compassion vs strength

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Even for our kitchens  We kill the fowl of season: shall we serve heaven With less respect than we do minister To our gross selves? ii.ii Isabella

Justice vs mercy, compassion vs strength

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The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept: ii.ii Angelo

Justice vs mercy, power, liberty vs constraint

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now 'tis awake Takes note of what is done; and, like a prophet, Looks in a glass, that shows what future evils, Either new, or by remissness new-conceived, And so in progress to be hatch'd and born, Are now to have no successive degrees, But, ere they live, to end. ii.ii Angelo

Justice vs mercy, power, liberty vs constraint

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We cannot weigh our brother with ourself:  ii.ii  Isabella

Justice vs mercy, equality in how we deal with crime and punishment (measure for measure)

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She speaks, and 'tis Such sense, that my sense breeds with it. Fare you well. ii.ii Angelo

Reason vs emotion, desire vs restraint

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Can it be That modesty may more betray our sense Than woman's lightness? ii.ii Angelo

Virtue vs vice, reason vs emotion, desire vs constraint