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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare


The opening scenes of the play are called the EXPOSITION, where the
dramatist introduces the most significant characters and themes, so
that they can be developed and set up the plot. Describe the means by
which Shakespeare had done this in the first act, and judge how
successful (or not) he has been.

The opening scenes of "Measure for Measure", introduce the most
significant characters in the play and also tend to establish the
relationships between each of them. The plot and the key themes are
introduced giving the reader an idea of what is going to unfold in the
following acts.

Shakespeare has used the opening scene of the play to introduce one of
the key characters. In this first scene, set in Vienna, the Duke
announces to his advisor, Escalus, that he is to leave the country for
reasons, which are un-disclosed to anyone. He decides to leave Angelo,
a trusted friend, standing in his place. This would in effect give
Angelo "absolute power" over the nation, giving him the decision to
dictate who would live or die.

"In our remove be thou at full ourself;



Mortality and mercy in Vienna"
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Duke Vincento Act I Sc I

Angelo is highly respected and held in high regard by both the Duke
and Escalus, this is evident by the way the two both talk of him, to
each other and to Angelo, himself:

"If any in Vienna be of worth

To undergo such ample grace and honour,

It is Lord Angelo"

Escalus Act I Sc I

Angelo appears to be a genuine person, there appear to be no hidden
sides to him, "What You See Is What You Get". Angelo appear...


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... Overall, I do feel that Shakespeare has been successful in creating
good first impressions and introductions of the more significant
characters, Angelo, Lucio and Isabella. All though Isabella is not in
this opening act much, her character ids set up for those later acts,
where she will play a bigger, more significant part. Shakespeare's
introduction of the themes is also done well. The first appears to be
the introduction of power, where the Duke leaves and Angelo is named
as the stand in. The theme of corruption is also brought across well,
using the comic characters, the prostitute, Mistress Overdone and the
pimp, Pompey. As an opening act to a play, I feel that all the
characters and the main themes are introduced well, which helps the
reader to understand the play because they are introduced from the
beginning.


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