Measure for Measure Contents
- Shakespeare, William
- 1564 - 1582: William Shakespeare's Stratford Beginnings
- 1582 - 1592: William Shakespeare's Marriage, Parenthood and Early Occupation
- 1592 - 1594: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 1
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 2
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 3
- 1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford
- Social / political context
- Religious / philosophical context
- The Theatre
- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Act IV
- Act V
There are several friars within Measure for Measure, and early in the play the audience is asked to imagine that they actually visit a friary - the house which acts as the base for a religious order whose members usually travel around offering spiritual comfort. It is the first place which the Duke visits after leaving the court, and here he asks to borrow a friar's robe. In this scene (Act I sc iii) we meet a real Friar, Friar Thomas, and in Act IV another, Friar Peter.
In this way there is a distinction drawn between the Duke's outward appearance as a friar and the actual role of a religious adviser which he undertakes – rightly or wrongly, this being a matter for the audience to decide (see also Imagery and symbolism >Disguise and seeming).
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