Measure for Measure (II.ii): the Debate between Justice and Mercy

Many of Shakespeares plays center on formal arguments about the role of mercy in the administration of justice; The Merchant of Venice, Othello, even Lear. Here the novice nun Isabella pleads with Judge Angelo for suspension of the death sentence of her brother for fornication. Though intense the scene is structured as a formal theological debate, as often in Shakespeare. U.C.B. Shakespeare Program production.

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