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As Hanann and I discussed Measure for Measure on Slack we noted Shakespeare's ambiguous stance on morality. Angelo's villainy does not reside in his desire to have sex with Isabella, but the contradictory nature of his desire, as he is executing Claudio for the sin he wishes and designs to commit. The play's characters certainly lie on a wide spectrum of morality, as Angelo is characterized as demonstrating no integrity or morality, while Isabella is epitomized as the pure figure of morality and integrity.
Some might certainly point to Shakespeare's own morality when analyzing the moral intent of his play, as his child was born shortly after his own marriage. Disregarding his personal life experience, is becomes evident throughout the play that Shakespeare suggests that sexuality is natural, as even Lucio observes the naturality of sexuality in nature itself in the screen shot included above. He refers to Angelo's strict enforcement of the sexual law when he states, "sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous." I started to conclude that Shakespeare sought to convey that sexuality even celibacy is fine, but one must remain true to oneself. Although Isabella seeks to yoke herself to a life of celibacy in the play's beginning as she enters a convent, she too yields to the sexuality of love when she consents to marry the Duke in the ending of the play. Each character within Measure for Measure undergoes a transformation throughout the play, but all the characters inevitably experience a more realistic conception of sexuality.
If I were to research this topic further, I would love to be able to reference film adaptations of the play, but I found that there are not many modern adaptations to refer to. I was particularly interested in listening/watching Wagner's Liebesverbot, as this opera was derived from Measure for Measure. I would love to explore how the music depicts each character's sexuality and whether the music positively represents sexuality through the play, or condemns it. This might be a little abstract, but it would be interesting to explore!