chapter  4
MEASURE FOR MEASURE AND THE GOSPELS
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In Measure for Measure we have a careful dramatic pattern, a studied explication of a central theme: the moral nature of man in relation to the crudity of man’s justice, especially in the matter of sexual vice. There is, too, a clear relation existing between the play and the Gospels, for the play’s theme is this:

The ethical standards of the Gospels are rooted in the thought of Measure for Measure. Therefore, in this analysis we shall, while fixing attention primarily on the play, yet inevitably find a reference to the New Testament continually helpful, and sometimes essential.