Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare that, while generally considered to be one of the playwright's comedies, is categorized by many critics and scholars as one of the Bard's "problem plays"--or a play that cannot be counted as a strict comedy or tragedy due to its dubious mood or outcome. The story follows a young betrothed couple who, due to lack of money, are unable to afford an officially sponsored marriage and are harassed, as a result, by an extremely conservative (and hypocritical) judge who seeks to punish their apparent sexual indiscretions outside of wedlock. The play's ending, though not tragic in the sense of the main characters dying, can be seen as being particularly tragic for the women of the play being forced into marriages that they apparently do not want.
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