University of Chicago's Basic
Program of Liberal Arts Education
for Adults + Graham School
Elliot Krick
Legality and Morality:
The Quest for Certainty

This class will will examine three texts: Kafka's The Trial, Herman Melville's Billy Budd and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. In each work, significant ambiguity exists as to the letter and spirit of the law. In addition, the outcome of each work raises fascinating questions concerning honesty, "fairness" and the complex workings of the human spirit.