By Mya Gosling
After I did my “How Much Ado About Nothing Should Have Ended” comic, I stopped to think about what other severely problematic endings there are in Shakespeare’s canon. It turns out (unsurprisingly) that there’s a lot of them! Here’s how I’d fix Measure for Measure’s ending:
Poor Isabella has SUCH a rough time, and is given such a rough time by everybody for prioritizing her religious convictions (i.e. not agreeing to sleep with Angelo) over the life of her brother. And then what happens at the end? The duke is all “EVERYTHING IS SETTLED, YOU’LL MARRY ME NOW, IT’S ALL GOOD”.
To be fair, he leaves the question marginally more open than that, but he is the DUKE, and it’s super-hard to say “no” to a Duke. Her response to his proposition is deafening silence, and how she actually reacts is up to interpretation.
“Burn in all down” is just my interpretation…
September 6: Stratford Festival Forum – Willy Shakes: Fanboy
WHO: Me! And also Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery of the Kill Shakespeare comic book series.
WHAT: Panel discussion on Shakespeare in pop culture and graphic novels. Part of the Stratford Festival Forum series of events.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 10:45am
WHERE: Chalmers Lounge, Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario.
WHY: Because they asked me!
HOW: Buy tickets at the Stratford Festival website.