A Character Analysis of Angelo in Measure for Measure Essay

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A Character Analysis of Angelo: Outer Angel and Inner Devil

There is a wide array of deceptiveness within the play "Measure for Measure." While some of the reasons for deception are good, other reasons are filled with evil and only for personal gain. Angelo is a perfect example of one of the characters within this play who uses his deceptive nature for evil and only for the gratification of himself. He is given a very superior and authoritative role by Vincentio, the Duke, and extends his powers to the most extreme of measures. Unlike the Duke, Angelo is stern and goes to the furthest extent to have his voice be heard. This complex play allows the reader to see two sides of Angelo, his outer angel and his inner devil. By exploring the
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The statement made by Angelo serves as a foreshadowing statement for the end of the play. While Claudio is to be out to death for impregnating his fiancé, Angelo fornicates in a way completely unlike Claudio. Angelo's unwavering authority gets the best of him. In an effort to deceive Isabella into thinking that he will free her brother if she sleeps with him, he is fooled. Angelo is entangled in a web he has woven himself. Not only does he commit fornication by sleeping with the person he thinks is Isabella, he calls for Claudio's beheading to proceed. Seemingly, all along, Angelo never has intentions of letting Claudio free. He lusts for Isabella and wants to have sex with her for his own personal satisfaction. This is a perfect example of his inner devil. His sinful nature proves his hypocrisy thus allowing the reader to understand his true person. In his quest to perfect others, he does not want his imperfections to be revealed thus relating the theme of appearance versus reality to his inner devil and the outer angel that the people of Vienna are so very well aware of. There seems to be a struggle within Angelo that he can not overcome. He speaks of his feelings for Isabella in Act II Scene II Lines 169-175. From thee, even from thy virtue! What's this, what's this? Is it her fault or mine? The temper of the tempted, who sins most, ha? Not she, nor doth she tempt; but it is I That, lying

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