Measure for measure
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Fandoms: Game of Thrones (TV), A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms
23 Sep 2019
I'm back with more Shakespeare shenanigans, this time it's Jaime/Brienne in a modern setting with Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" as a guide.
This play is real weird. It's a comedy (in name only) about moral rigidity and how fundamentalism leads to corruption. And it's open ended too. My Shakespeare prof said that is Shakespeare getting fed up with the rules of comedy and pushing back on the form, and it was the last comedy he wrote too.
Here's the rough outline: The Duke has left town, and put Angelo in charge. Angelo has arrested Claudio and charged him with fornication because he and his wife have not completed all the technical requirements of marriage and she is now pregnant.
Claudio's sister, Isabella, a novice nun, pleads with Angelo to let her brother go, and Angelo tells her that if she'll surrender her virginity to him, he'll let Claudio go.
AU, post Season 16, alternate E/O reunion story. Just a few days after Noah's adoption, Olivia Benson has a chance encounter that reconnects her with the Stabler family after four years of nothing. This helps Olivia and Elliot begin a journey back to each other - because they were always meant to be.
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10 Feb 2016
"What's this, what's this? Is this her fault or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?
Not she: nor doth she tempt: but it is I
That, lying by the violet in the sun,
Do as the carrion does, not as the flower,
Corrupt with virtuous season. Can it be
That modesty may more betray our sense
Than woman's lightness? Having waste ground enough,
Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary
And pitch our evils there? O, fie, fie, fie!
What dost thou, or what art thou, Angelo?
Dost thou desire her foully for those things
That make her good?"
All powerful, Angelo cracks down on the debauchery in Vienna. He is unmovable in his merciless decrees until a novice nun comes to plead for her brother's life and desires long thought dead in Angelo surface.
(Piece 29/30 in my 30-day challenge)
Bookmarked by SpaceWalnut
12 Sep 2018