Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare is all about sex.
(and I know everyone says all of Shakespeare's plays are all about sex, but this one really is)
Other general things about the play that you should know:
It's based on a real event that took place in Milan in 1547. A woman prostituted herself to a magistrate to save her huband from being executed, and the bastard killed her husband anyway.
It was first performed at the court of King James I in 1604, first published in 1623. This is during the same period as Shakespeare's great tragedies (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth) yet Measure for Measure is catagorized as a comedy. This catagorization has been argued, though. The play has been called a tragedy, a tragicomedy, a satire, and a romantic comedy. It's a slippery one, that's what makes it so neat! Aren't you excited?
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brief character descriptions
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most importantly, down and to the left you will see a scar from a failed attempt to insert an image! I suck!