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Question Concerning Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1536  Monday, 16 August 2004

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Aug 2004 07:45:08 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure

[2]     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Aug 2004 12:06:51 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure


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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Aug 2004 07:45:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure

Peter Bridgman writes, "It's been pointed out to me that my 'measure'
quote from Luke can also be found in Matthew.  Which leaves us none the
wiser why WS situated his moated grange at 'Saint Luke's'."

OK: maybe Will S. was making merely a literary allusion to the Luke
quote, and therefore the play ought to be studied more so on the
authorial intention of the Biblical allusion.  On that note, a
Shakespeare scholar emphasizes, instead, the Matthew quote.

OK: Naseeb Shaheen in *Biblical References in Shakespeare's Plays," cf.
page 245 and following, alleges Will S. had other source plays from
which he drew his concept of *Measure for Measure*.  For some, he would
have had to have read Italian or French.  Shaheen states, "All of the
biblical references in the play are his [Shakespeare's] own."

OK: Shaheen further argues that the "play's title...is based on Jesus'
words in Matthew 7.2...[and]..."was proverbial in in Shakespeare's
day...Since the play's very title is taken from Scripture, we might
expect to find strong religious overtones in the play, along with many
biblical references.  But that is only partly true...The religious
overtones in the play have given rise to many far-fetched religious
interpretations, as if the play were a religious treatise or was
intended to be Christian teaching, but most of these interpretations
greatly distort the play."  Shaheen expands his analysis to include
biblical references over another 19 pages of textual treatment of the play.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Aug 2004 12:06:51 -0400
Subject: 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure

 >Peter Bridgman writes: "It's been pointed out to me that my 'measure'
quote from Luke can also
 >be found in Matthew.  Which leaves us none the wiser why WS situated
his moated grange
 >at 'Saint Luke's'."

Yes, but it still remains a good idea.  Shakespeare may have been
thinking of Luke's gospel when he wrote this passage.

Bill Godshalk

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