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Analysis Of Tamburlaine

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The tragic glass of Part I involves no defeat for its hero. He does not suffer and does not experience any disaster. On the contrary, Tamburlaine’s enemies are the ones suffering disaster. Marlowe was setting a tone here, establishing a claim for the superiority of his style above the low quality of other plays. The playwright uses the rhetoric to represent his aggressive subject to be on the same line with its grandeur and with the overwhelming eloquence of its hero. Marlowe’s treatment of Tamburlaine is different from other tragedies in the use of imaginative energy in the portrayal of Tamburlaine, the tyrannical protagonist. To state that Tamburlaine is an ambitious tyrant is somehow an understatement. Even when such labelling takes place…show more content…
“Tamburlaine is the great drama of primary will, and nearly all its characters are caught up in the same pattern as the hero, so that nearly all speak alike…” In order to understand the treatment of the set speech in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine it is necessary to consider the play as a whole. In most of Marlowe’s plays there is a central issue to which all subsidiary issue are related. In Tamburlaine the central issue of the play is an idea. The representative of this idea is the hero himself round whom the whole action and all the other characters revolve. The characters of the plays written before Marlowe’s time gave the impression that they would take every opportunity for turning a given situation into an occasion for long and lively declamation and the delivery of set speech. Yet, for Tamburlaine, the set speech is a condition of his existence. This means that in what Tamburlaine is concerned there is a close relationship between the speaker and his…show more content…
First, the reader/audience is faced with the question of the way individual sentences of a speech relate to one another. Whether they are connected in a strictly logical way, whether they form a more associative series, they always emphasize the structure of a character’s level of awareness. All significant deviations from the normal frequencies in the areas of syntactic and lexical selection and combination can also serve to delineate a character: the frequency of certain sentence types (such as statements or questions), the predominance of active or passive forms, the use of parallelisms and antitheses, an abstract or concrete vocabulary, figurative speech, the emphasis on certain semantic groups and the frequency of idiomatic or clichéd expressions. Another aspect is the one that is concerned with the way in which the speeches of different characters interact. These relationships allow the reader to add the verbal behaviour of a particular character to the list of characteristic features. According to this, the character is defined by the way he responds to the preceding speech and reacts to the conversation as a whole: a character that is “bound up in his own idiosyncrasies and interests will tend to ignore the preceding speech and continue in his own vein and frequently change to monological
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