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Characterization; The Duke: critical commentary (Act I, scene III)
The Duke is fully conscious of the laxity of which he had
been guilty in governing his country. He had allowed the strict statutes and
the rigorous laws to become a dead letter, with the result that people had been
taking more and more liberties, and been c...
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Plot- Development: critical commentary (Act I, scene III)
The Duke now approaches a friar by the name of Thomas and
seeks his permission to disguise himself as a friar and to live in the friar’s
cell. The Duke explains to Friar Thomas why he wishes to assume this disguise.
He tells Friar Thomas that his laxity in ...
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Pathos and comedy:Critical commentary (Act I, Scene II)
The plight of Claudio, who is
under arrest for having made Juliet pregnant without having been able to marry
her firs, certainly arouses our sympathy for him. He wins our sympathy because
of his good intentions towards the wronged girl. He earnestly wanted ...
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Characterization: Claudio; Lucio; and Angelo: Critical commentary (Act I, Scene II)
When we first meet Claudio, he is
under arrest. As the Provost seems to be parading the arrested Claudio at a
public place, Claudio makes a mild protest against being thus exhibited. The
Provost thereupon explains that it is under orders from above that he ...
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Characterization: Pompey and Mistress Overdone: Critical commentary (Act I, Scene II)
Pompey and Mistress overdone are low class characters who
are intended to provide comic elements in the play. Lucio, though a gentleman,
is familiar with both of them because he is in the habit of frequenting
Mistress Overdone’s brothel. By his association ...
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Contemporary allusions in this scene: Critical commentary (Act I, Scene II)
The opening scene in this scene contains a reference to the
possibility of some short of settlement being reached between the King of
Hungary on one hand and all the Dukes on the other hand. The speech seems to be
an allusion to certain contemporary events....
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Plot-developments: Critical commentary (Act I, Scene II)
From the conversation between Mistress Overdone and a couple
of gentlemen, we learned that Claudio has been arrested under Angelo’s orders
on a charge of having having made a girl, Juliet, pregnant without having first
marred her. Claudio has been sentenced...
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Characterization: Angelo and Escalus: Critical commentary (act l, scene l)
We from a most favorable opinion about Angelo from the
opening scene, firstly because, the Duke’s choice of a deputy falls upon him,
and secondly because Escalus holds him in high esteem. In answer to a question
by the Duke, Escalus says that, if anybody in...
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Characterization: The Duke: Critical commentary (act l, scene l)
The Duke speaks to Escalus about his choice of the man who
is to function as his deputy during his absence from the state. He tells
Escalus that he would entrust Angelo with his full authority and would vest him
with all his terror and all his love. The Duk...
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