However, he we want to consider The Duchess of Malfi as a Revenge Tragedy, we need to know what we mean by revenge tragedy and its major conventions. Duchess of Malfi Answer: The revenge play or revenge tragedy is a tragedy in which a murder victim is avenged, often by a younger kinsmen. ‘DUCHESS OF MALFI’ AS A REVENGE TRAGEDY | The main aim of this work is to point out series of revenge that occurs in the text and find.

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The use of disguise allows many of the female characters to skirt societal restrictions but it also reveals how repressive their conventional roles actually are. In these dramatic presentations, all of these female characters seem to reflect an effort by women in Restoration society to both step up from the moral gutter and down from the pedestal and no doubt corresponds with the slow but continuing move in Britain from a religious society with their dogmatic views on the nature of women, to a secular society.

In The Duchess of Malfithe theme of insanity is multi-layered. John WebsterThe Duchess of Malfi. Webster also diverted from Senecan model in presenting the supernatural elements. It is also a way for the heroines themselves to challenge the social limitations imposed by husbands, fathers, and brothers that parallels and competes with the rake-heroes’ desire for freedom of sexual expression. By doing modification, he is able to make the play more reasonable to the audience.

She also wins the battle of the sexes, played out in the arena of wit in which his aim is seduction and hers is matrimony.


English Literature Essays: The Duchess of Malfi as a Revenge Tragedy

He refuses to buy into Angelica’s self-deception and instead castigates her. Also, is lycanthropia not a supernatural condition?

No ghost appears on the scene. Her only fault is that she has married below her rank and status and thus the two brothers think, she has disgraced the family.

Wit is also a comic and clever way to woo a member of the opposite sex. Bosola targedy attacks the Cardinal, but is himself attacked by Ferdinand. In this drama, we find people taking revenge and are murdering others. The Duchess of Malfi is a play replete with darkness, both literal and figurative.

Taking their cue from the activities and ideas that prevailed in the Restoration Court, the Restoration playwrights fashioned a character type who could be successful in an uncertain society by outwitting others without being hampered by an outmoded morality. In other words, she mocks the patriarchal authority by getting married of a man who belongs to low class regardless x her brother’s recommendation and that is what threatens the stability of the state. It can be seen that how he works for ferdinand and cardinal and acts as a spy to the duchess but fails to get the wishful rewards.

While violence was a common part of plays in the English Renaissance, Webster’s are remarkable for the inventive and grotesque ways in which that violence is depicted.

For example, in 5. Bosola confesses that he sees an image of the Duchess.

“The Duchess of Malfi” as a Jacobean Revenge Tragedy

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Finally, great emphasis is placed on witty dialogue and repartee for its own sake. You’ve just said that it doesn’t follow a revenge tragedy! But unlike Horner, he doesn’t practice deceit to reveal it. This includes scenes of dark humour, such as when Ferdinand duchwss the Duchess that Antonio is dead by giving what he malgi is Antonio’s severed hand, but is actually a wax figure.


Some versions have the Duchess as a ghostly presence, physically standing on the stage to say the lines.

So, in a word we can say that it is a perfect revenge tragedy. In many interpretations of the play, the echo is spoken by the actress of the Duchess. But Webster sets his play in a different manner, the revenge and murders are committed in a different manner from the traditional manner. Reviews No reviews duchesss.

Like her rake counterpart, each heroine is to a certain extent frank about her sexual needs and desires. Thus, the balance between sex and power in Willmore’s personality leans more towards the enjoyment of sex, and his manipulation extends only to the women in service of this goal. The rake’s currency with the audience lessened with the change in the times, a new monarch, and changes in social and cultural values and mores. Also referred to as the Comedy of Manners because the chief characters are usually members of high society, the Restoration comedy tends to feature xuchess types namely a graceful young rake, a faithless wife, a deceived husband, and perhaps, a charming young heroine who is to be besotted on by the rake.

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