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Contrast the opening soliloquy of Act II sc iv with that which closes sc ii Angelos soliloquy in sc Ii immediately follows his first meeting with Isabella whereas the speech to which sc Iv opens precedes her second visit Understandably we see a change in Angelo from a man reeling from the shock of newly uncovered feelings to a man excited and anticipating the appearance of the object of his desires and perhaps something of a darker Angelo These soliloquies though short are full of imagery symbolism and emotion as the character begins to warp and distort In the earlier soliloquy Angelo can be seen as shocked and confused He questions himself asking Is this her fault or mine His use of rhetorical questions echo his searching for an understanding of the thaw taking place in his snow-broth He examines his motives for his attraction to Isabella and seems a little disgusted as his desire to raze the sanctuary of Isabellas purity and pitch his evils there He also must seek for something solid now that his puritanical carpet has been whisked out from under him When he exclaims O let her brother live we can see not only his desire to accede to Isabellas demands presumably to please her but also his knowledge that he has lost the moral highpoint from which he was prepared to pronounce punishment No longer able to claim calmly Tis one thing to be tempted Escalus another thing to fall from the dais of one who has neither met with temptation nor succumbed to it he now searches for some compromise In contrast scene four shows an Angelo who has clearly been musing on his strange attraction for a while He has found answers to all of his questions and not a single question mark is now present in his reflections This is now an Angelo who has reached some conclusions about the new version of himself he is
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