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Awesome: Measure for Measure

  • This one is for Shakespeare himself. So, we have this well-known story that's been adapted several times already about a woman who agrees to a Scarpia Ultimatum to save her brother, but the villain kills him anyway, and the king's idea of justice is to force the villain to marry the heroine before executing him, but the heroine automatically falls in love with her rapist and her brother's killer for no other reason than that he's now her husband and successfully pleads for his life (even the adapters who reveal that the brother is actually alive never do so until after this), and this is treated as a happy ending. When Shakespeare adapts the story, he changes all of this; his Isabella may successfully suggest clemency for Angelo, but she refuses to sleep with him, and she certainly doesn't fall in love with him or marry him. Truly awesome adaptation, Will!