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FROM STRESS TO STRAIN: UNDERSTANDING CONTRADICTIONS IN SHAKESPEARE’S MEASURE FOR MEASURE

ANKUR CHAKRABORTY

RESEARCH SCHOLAR

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY

DIBRUGARH (ASSAM)

INDIA

 

 

 

Abstract:

Measure for Measure, one of the greatest plays of Shakespeare, seemed to be a cause of immense strain and discomfort for most of the readers. The obvious reason for this discomfort is most probably the conflicting characteristics that the main characters of the play are endowed with. It is clear from the very outset that there must be something strange about a play which can evoke varied and distinct analysis. The play does not deal with the justification of rights and neither has it laid emphasis on any moral significance. If there is a conflict between law and mercy on one hand, there is conflict between chastity and sisterly affection on the other. The paper intends to deal with this aspect of decentred theme that revolves round the play. It tries to highlight the fact that even though the problems of the play are identified, they are unlikely to be solved.

Keywords: chastity, conflict, decentred, strain, strange

journal of english

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