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Examine the ways in which Shakespeare uses language to give the audience a greater insight into Angelos character The character of Angelo in Shakespeares Measure for Measure is surely the most complex in the play To convey the transition of principles in Angelos character in the play Shakespeare employs a range of language techniques Using these techniques Shakespeare allows the audience to gain a greater insight into Angelos character and also allows the audience to relate to his thoughts and feelings through his speeches and soliloquies The most prominent technique Shakespeare employs is that of Angelos lexis The first instance of a pun is in act 1 scene 1 when Angelo uses a pun of his mettle Angelo asks let there be some more test made of my metal meaning that he should not be given such a responsibility without being given a further test of his mettle- meaning his spirit A further explanation of Angelos pun is that the connection of the term metal coupled with mettle is that coins were tested before being put into use An Angel was a ten shilling coin of the time An extended metaphor of Angelos properties compared with the properties of coins is much the same Metal is cold hard and impenetrable similar to Angelo as the audience will later discover Angelo speaks with a formal discourse in the presence of the Duke in act 1 scene 1 when he suggests let there be some more test before so noble and so great a figure Angelo is suggesting that he is not so worthy of a great title without the Dukes full confidence in him This shows Angelo to be noble and honest Two other characters that speak highly of Angelo are the Duke and Escalus In act1 scene 1 Escalus reassures the Duke that if any in Vienna be of worth it is Lord Angelo Escalus clearly feels Angelo is capable of ruling over
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