Measure for Measure (Modern Library Classics)

Measure for Measure (Modern Library Classics)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 297


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this powerful play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality at all levels of society. This volume also includes more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including:
• an original Introduction to Measure for Measure
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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dishonest practices” and “the advancement of upright dealing.” Shakespeare took Whetstone’s basic plotline and principal characters—the indecent proposal, the hypocritical dealing of the lawgiver, the beautiful gentlewoman asked to give up her chastity in return for her brother’s life, the ruler who returns and sorts everything out—but greatly complicated the moral vision. Whetstone’s character of Promos has two anguished soliloquies in which he reflects on his desire for Cassandra. They offer a

here’s young Master Rash4. He’s in for a commodity of brown paper and old5 ginger, ninescore and seventeen pounds, of which he made five marks ready money. Marry, then ginger was not much in request, for the old women7 were all dead. Then is there here one Master Caper8, at the suit of Master Three- pile the mercer9, for some four suits of peach-coloured satin, which now peaches10 him a beggar. Then have we here young Dizzy11 and young Master Deep-vow and Master Copperspur and Master

watching CCTV footage of sleazy street scenes of pimps and prostitutes, and pornographic videos, alone in a darkened room surrounded by a chaotic clutter of books and debris. This is a fast-paced production full of televisual awareness. The pace is achieved by heavy cutting—over one thousand lines, so that just less than two thirds survives with textual thinning throughout and some redistribution of lines. The low-life scenes are eliminated except insofar as they relate to the main plot, although

expect 63 th’hopeful the promising 65 leave permission 66 bring you something accompany you a little 67 admit allow 68 have … scruple concern yourself with any doubt 70 qualify moderate 72 privily secretly 73 stage me publicly display myself 74 do well is fitting/politically appropriate/pleasing to the crowd 75 aves welcoming shouts 76 safe discretion sound judgment 77 affect cultivate, like 79 Lead may they lead you 82 concerns … place is important to me to establish the full

make … clear make absolutely clear 177 convented summoned to appear 178 justify exonerate 179 vulgarly publicly 180 to her eyes to her face 184 vanity futile actions/foolishness 199 punk prostitute 201 cause … himself reason to speak/charge of his own to defend himself against 206 known had sex with 209 For … too if it kept you quiet I wish you were also drunk 215 charges accuses, indicts with at 216 depose testify 217 th’effect the manifestations/fulfillment 218 Charges she more is

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