The Duchess of Malfi by John WebsterMore widely studied and more frequently performed than ever before, John Websters The Duchess of Malfi is here presented in an accessible and thoroughly up-to-date edition.
Based on the Revels Plays text, the notes have been augmented to cast further light both on Websters amazing dialogue and on the stage action. An entirely new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and gives a revealing view of its imagery and dramatic action.
From its well-documented early performances to the two productions seen in the West End of London in the 1995-96 season, a stage history gives an account of the play in performance. Students, actors, directors and theatre-goers will all find here a reappraisal of Websters artistry in the greatest age of English theatre, which highlights why it has lived on stage with renewed force in the last decades of the twentieth century.
Post a Comment Drop any query, suggestion or comment here. Causes of her wrong action: Marrying Antonio was wrong for the Duchess. Actually it is inherent in human being to be emotional. And such emotion causes her damnation. Despite their melodramatic themes, Webster's play is redeemed by his soaring poetic dialogue and his grasp of human psychology. Every man of this world suffers from two types of starvation, physical and mental starvation. The Duchess is not exceptional in this regard.
The Duchess of Malfi  - Part 8
Webster: The Tragedies pp Cite as. What makes his tragic heroines distinctive? How does he generate a sense of tragedy around them? How central are women to his idea of dramatic tragedy? We shall examine in detail two speeches, or participation in key dialogue, by Vittoria and the Duchess of Malfi. We have already noticed how the play establishes a sense of gender conflict through structural, character and linguistic contrasts. To what extent does this conflict inform the female heroines?
The Duchess As a Very Remarkable Woman in a Man's World The Duchess is clearly the central figure in the play and manages to dominate proceedings, despite the untouchable power of her brothers and the firmly established patriarchal system in earlyth century Italy. She displays many admirably qualities, although her courageous strength and passion could be perceived as threatening in a male-dominated society. The Duchess is the sole female figure with any sort of power and respect in Webster's play. This is unusual firstly, because he based The Duchess Of Malfi on a version by William Painter in which the Duchess was portrayed as too lusty in a sternly moralistic fashion honourable as opposed to …show more content…. The Duchess is a kind, grounded optimist, not a hardened realist who is cold and distant to emotions such as passion and love. Similarly, notice how it is the Duchess, not Antonio, who later makes the plans for their escape. The Duchess is a very human figure who the audience can relate to much more easily than to the insecure megalomaniac Ferdinand or the cowardly Cardinal who carefully plots people's death.