Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been
written in 1603 or 1604. Originally published in the First Folio of 1623, where
it was listed as a comedy, the play's first recorded performance occurred in
1604. The play's main themes include justice, "mortality and mercy in Vienna,"
and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: "some rise by sin, and some by
virtue fall." Mercy and virtue predominate, since the play does not end