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In Shakespeares Measure for Measure one of his latest problem plays the character of Isabella is a focal point of arguments In the play she is faced with a decision either to lose her virginity and save her brothers life or to stay chaste get admitted to the convent but sealing her brothers fate Isabellas choice was obviously the latter not only did she distinctly make that choice but she also harshly reprimanded her brother in the famous scene when he suggested that she reconsider and maybe save his life O you beast O faithless coward O dishonest wretch wilt thou be made a man out of my vice Act 3 Sc 1 137-139 Many critics have argued the subject of Isabella whether she was right or wrong in her decision to choose her virginity over her brothers life On the one hand Isabella has been idealized as the paragon of feminine virtue on the other hand she has been denigrated as an example of frigidity Poulsen 153 To determine whether or not Isabellas character in this play is chaste or self-righteous and to determine whether or not her decision was sound we must put it up against certain criteria The first of which is obviously religion RW Chambers argues that whatever we think of that instant decision it is certainly not un-Christian Chambers 107 He goes on to prove his point by quoting verses from the bible such as If any man come to me and hate not his father and mother and brethren and sisters he cannot be my disciple Mathew x 36 I completely disagree with Chamberss point because this quote from the bible could be interpreted in many different ways And even regardless of interpretation it is referring to a different point this quote was aimed at the people whos families were against Christianity and that the only way they could have been true Christians was to defy
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