Measure For Measure and Duchess Of Malfi Revision guide

A revision guide for Measure for Measure by Shakespeare with partner play Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. Includes character descriptions, a breakdown of scenes, contexts, themes, comparisons and possible questions plans

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  • Created on: 01-05-13 20:27

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MEASURE FOR
MEASURE
AND
DUCHESS OF
MALFI
REVISION
NOTES
EXAM- Thursday 6th June

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Measure for Measure Synopsis
The Duke has decided to give up his role and place it temporarily in the hands of his deputy, Angelo.
Angelo brings back laws into force; tackling prostitution and sex outside of marriage.
Instead of leaving Vienna like he claimed, the Duke remains disguised as a…

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Key Quotations- "There is a vice that I most do abhor,
And most desire should meet the blow of justice
For which I would not plead, but that I am
At war twixt will and will not" -> Here we see the inner conflict Isabella has about pleading for Claudio,…

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torn apart and confused by his feelings that cause him to move away from being a moralist whereas the Cardinal seems to accept his
corrupted side with ease.
-Ferdinand: Both Angelo and Ferdinand both go through a feeling of insanity. Angelo's insanity is presented through his confusion and
questioning of…

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Written in a variety of styles: such as the earthy, bawdy prose of Pompey, the banter of minor characters, prose of high status or
more immoral characters and verse of immoral characters shows the divide between those who are corrupt and those who are not
through the type of language…

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the Duchess in Malfi who is the head of state, although she is oppressed by her brothers as well as Isabella being oppressed by Angelo.
When angelo is given power he becomes corrupt, much like Ferdinand goes insane in Malfi.

Mercy Mercy and forgiveness are a big theme in this…

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gross on Juliet') and is excluded from the conversation.


Act 1 Scene 3
CONTEXT: the play is set in Vienna which was Catholic in 1604. England is a protestant country but people think Shakespeare was
possibly a secret Catholic. A friar is a Catholic religious position like a monk but…

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"Go to your bosom ask your heart what it doth know"-> asking if he has secret sexual desires as he cant condemn Claudio if they are
the same

Act 2 Scene 3
Juliet's only scene where she speaks and we hear her opinion. "I do repent me as it is…

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Act 3 Scene 2
The Dukes speech at the end of the act covers up all the problems of his plan. It is a big moral judgement that justifies his action and is
very focused on Angelo. In this way he is partly guilty for Angelo's actions as he put…

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- The set design is similar to 1984 by George Orwell
Interpretation ­Complimentary to the King
- A bawdy comedy
- Shakespeare's audiences would have seen the play as darker than we do.
- The conduct of sex and morality can be seen as a Christian allegory. The title comes…

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Roy

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Thanks so much, such a great help for one side of the paper. Especially for this Thursday :)

Anna

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Thanks :) i worked really hard on this and i am so confident for tomorrow now, good luck :)

Holly

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You have saved my life literally can't thank you enough for this :)

Libby Gervais

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thank you still gold 4years later !!!

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