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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.

For the past five years or so I've been reading and re-reading William Shakespeare's plays and I've now reached the final title on my list - Measure for Measure, first performed in 1604 and thought of as one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays' (along with All's Well that Ends Welland Troilus and Cressida).
It tells the story of Claudio, a young man who has been arrested by Lord Angelo, the deputy of the Duke of Vienna in charge of the running of Vienna in the absence of the Duke (who in fact is not absent, he wishes to observe the goings on covertly). Lord Angelo is rather puritanical, and wishes to enforce more harshly laws concerning sexual morality: Claudio has slept with and impregnated his fiancé before marriage and Angelo wishes to make an example of him by executing him for his crime.
Angelo, unsurprisingly, turns out to be quite the hypocrite however: when Claudio's sister Isabella, who is on the point of entering a nunnery, goes to visit him to b…

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