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What dramatic interest has Shakespeare created through his portrayal of the Duke in Act 3 In order to answer this question it is necessary to study the character of the Duke and how he is developed in Act 3 The Duke acts principally as an observer watching Isabella and Claudio argue before sweeping in to resolve the situation He is also however involved with the characters despite his assumption of religious real authority echoing his real status The Duke is clearly wounded by Lucios painful analysis of his motives and dubious virtues in scene two and also by Angelos treacherous behaviour despite not being unexpected Act 3 is punctuated with reminders of Angelo and his authority in Vienna Both Pompey and Mistress Overdone are carried off at his behest emphasising his presence although he does not physically appear onstage in the whole act The concoction of a plan to expose his lechery is also placed centre stage both by the Duke and the playwright making this absentee character seem all the more important This is contrasted strongly with the Dukes presence for the entirety of the act The Duke acts as an observer for much of the time and seems apart from the other characters not least because he is also in disguise as a friar There is a strange comparison between the omnipresent but not actually present Angelo with his treacherously short-lived power and the Duke who although entirely in control of the other characters appears hidden and only semi-present Both characters could be said to be involved in a tempestuous sea of power and deception with the audience denied a lifeboat of unshakeable morality The Duke certainly tries to make it seem that he is still in control referring to Angelo as my deputy in the last scene He also cries outTwice treble shame on Angelo to weed my vice and let his growThis line shows the Dukes shock by its punctuation and
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