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Re: Isabella
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 798.  Monday, 15 November 1993.
 
 
(1)     From:   Bev Jacobson <
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        Date:   Sunday, 14 Nov 93 20:29:28 EST
        Subj:   Latourette's Question
 
(2)     From:   Jay L Halio <
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        Date:   Sunday, 14 Nov 1993 20:40:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0793 Re: Isabella
 
 
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From:           Bev Jacobson <
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Date:           Sunday, 14 Nov 93 20:29:28 EST
Subject:        Latourette's Question
 
R.R.'s 855 Shakespeare Seminar?   Whether yes or no, a survey of opinions from
the list, however erudite, is not what you need.  Trying to argue the opinions
of others is more work than arguing your own.  Use your own close reading of
the play and examination of its language to determine if Isabella is naive.
 
I suggest you re-read the play a few times to ferret out clues (textual
evidence) that support or deny her naivete.  What, if any, evidence is most
convincing?
 
You might consider paying aprticular attention to I.iv, III.i, and V.i.  Also,
compare II.ii and II.iv.  Is there any notable difference in Isabella or
Angelo's langugage?  How so?  Has anything changed?  Who is manipulating whom?
 
There are tapes of various productions of MM you need to see and evaluate.
Check the library and ask around the department.  Some students and faculity
have their own collections.
 
Since this issue seems central to your essay, rewriting your question in a
single sentence, using simple, direct language should help you answer it.
 
What makes you think Angelo "wants her to tempt him?"  Just curious.
 
Bev Jacobson
 
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From:           Jay L Halio <
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Date:           Sunday, 14 Nov 1993 20:40:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0793 Re: Isabella
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0793 Re: Isabella
 
I think this question is answered in the text. See Aneglo's soliloquy
after Isabella leaves.
 
Jay Halio
 

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