Examine the ways in which Shakespeare
uses language to give the audience a greater insight into Angelo's character
The character of Angelo in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is surely the most complex in the play. To convey the transition of principles in Angelo's character in the play, Shakespeare employs a range of language techniques. Using these techniques, Shakespeare allows the audience to gain a greater insight into Angelo's 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 Angelo's 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 Angelo's 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 Angelo's 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 testÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ¦ before so noble and so great a figure..' Angelo is suggesting that he is not so worthy of a great title without the Duke's 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...