natural acts no moral consequences Prostitutes a commodity Different morality Don't understand the new laws Appearance = reality

! One law of upper class (Claudio) Another law for lower class (Pompey/Froth) accepts they have a different moral code ? Pompey to execute Claudio for a crime he has committed himself ! Escalus shows mercy and indulgence to Pompey/Froth characters treat food and sex in a similar way Scene 2 banter - Lucio and Gents - insults about STD Mistress O tells of Claudio's arrest Lucio and Claudio speak of his crime Pompey says brothels to be closed Claudio asks Lucio to tell his sister

Act 1 Purpose
Scene 4


Lucio and Isabella

Lucio speaks in iambic pentameter Lucio gently mocks Isabella. Persuades her to intercede Elbow - malapropisms

Arbitrary nature of justice

Difficulty of applying the law (reason) to matters of instinct - Rossiter Articulate Dynamic Voice of common sense Revels in degeneracy Link to main plot Acts as the chorus in first few acts antagonist to disguised Duke Openly sniping at Duke in Act 5 Changes as play progresses Lucio

Act 2

Scene 1

Pompey - rambling Angelo - bored so leaves Pompey and Froth let off with a warning

M4M Comic Sub-plot

Elbow, Pompey, Duke

Act 3

Scene 2

Lucio, Duke

Insults and rumour

Scene 2

Pompey, Abhorson Pompey and nicknames of prisoners

Act 4
Soldiers want war - it's their job Gents

Scene 3

Barnadine refuses to be executed Ragozine's head substitutes for Claudio's Lucio slanders the Duke to the friar Lucio slanders the friar to the Duke


Loves the sound of his own voice Same name as character in Julius Caesar represents vice Mistress Overdone Elbow Froth Abhorson - represents justice Pompey

Duke irritated with Lucio

Bawdy interjections from Lucio

Act 5

Lucio accuses the friar of slander. Lucio reveals the Duke Barnadine forgiven Lucio repentant - has to marry a punk

Comic Subplot.mmap - 01/07/2009 - Roger Knight

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