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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Studying Shakespeare? Buy Arden.
At A level I didn't really have much use for the extensive notes published throughout and preceding the text, but these have become invaluable at university.

The text itself doesn't really need my recommendation, does it? It's one of Shakespeare's more controversial plays, in the sense that it doesn't sit easily in any of the main groupings. Personally, I...
Published on 22 April 2010 by Philip Hale

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3.0 out of 5 stars Measure for Measure
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This item had been heavily annotated, too much so to be resold. It suited my requirements, but is not an asset to mt bookshelves.
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Andrew R. Gordon


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Studying Shakespeare? Buy Arden., 22 April 2010
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This review is from: "Measure for Measure" (Arden Shakespeare: Second) (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) (Paperback)
At A level I didn't really have much use for the extensive notes published throughout and preceding the text, but these have become invaluable at university.

The text itself doesn't really need my recommendation, does it? It's one of Shakespeare's more controversial plays, in the sense that it doesn't sit easily in any of the main groupings. Personally, I found that made it easier to study. It felt like we were already shown the cracks to tease open and really understand the text, which is perhaps harder with some of the more 'well rounded' and well known plays.

You'll feel in safe hands reading these editions, knowing that any ambiguity or discrepancy between editions will be meticulously noted at the bottom of the page. Although daunting at first, these extensive footnotes become welcome and even necessary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful edition of one of Shakespeare's 'difficult' plays., 12 Jun 2001
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This review is from: "Measure for Measure" (Arden Shakespeare: Second) (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) (Paperback)
This dark comedy of Angelo's corrupt regency of Vienna is one of Shakespeare's most unloved plays. It is generally regarded as being an unfunny comedy that is difficult to stage. However, this Arden edition is both pleasant and has informative explanitory notes that enable the reader to grasp the tricky elements of the play and so enjoy its hidden depths.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Base Look at Love, Honor, Morality, Reputation, and the Law!, 6 July 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Measure for Measure" (Arden Shakespeare: Second) (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) (Paperback)
Measure for Measure is seldom read, and not often performed in the United States. Why? Although many of Shakespeare's plays deal bluntly with sexual issues, Measure for Measure does so in an unusually ugly and disgusting way for Shakespeare. This play is probably best suited for adults, as a result.
I see Measure for Measure as closest to The Merchant of Venice in its themes. Of the two plays, I prefer Measure for Measure for its unremitting look at the arbitrariness of laws, public hypocrisy and private venality, support for virtue, and encouragement of tempering public justice with common sense and mercy.
The play opens with Duke Vincentio turning over his authority to his deputy, Angelo. But while the duke says he is leaving for Poland, he in fact remains in Vienna posing as a friar. Angelo begins meting out justice according to the letter of the law. His first act is to condemn Claudio to death for impregnating Juliet. The two are willing to marry, but Angelo is not interested in finding a solution. In despair, Claudio gets word to his sister, the beautiful Isabella, that he is to be executed and prays that she will beg for mercy. Despite knowing that Isabella is a virgin novice who is about to take her vows, Angelo cruelly offers to release Claudio of Isabella will make herself sexually available to Angelo. The Duke works his influence behind the scenes to help create justice.
Although this play is a "comedy" in Shakespearean terms, the tension throughout is much more like a tragedy. In fact, there are powerful scenes where Shakespeare draws on foolish servants of the law to make his points clear. These serve a similar role of lessening the darkness to that of the gravediggers in Hamlet.
One of the things I like best about Measure for Measure is that the resolution is kept hidden better than in most of the comedies. As a result, the heavy and rising tension is only relieved right at the end. The relief you will feel at the end of act five will be very great, if you are like me.
After you read this play, I suggest that you compare Isabella and Portia. Why did Shakespeare choose two such strong women to be placed at the center of establishing justice? Could it have anything to do with wanting to establish the rightness of the heart? If you think so, reflect that both Isabella and Portia are tough in demanding that what is right be done. After you finish thinking about those two characters, you may also enjoy comparing King Lear and Claudio. What was their fault? What was their salvation? Why? What point is Shakespeare making? Finally, think about Angelo. Is he the norm or the exception in society? What makes someone act like Angelo does here? What is a person naturally going to do in his situation?
Look for fairness in all that you say and do!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Measure for Measure, 4 Oct 2010
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This item had been heavily annotated, too much so to be resold. It suited my requirements, but is not an asset to mt bookshelves.
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