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The Duchess Of Malfi by John Webster as A Revenge Tragedy

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The Duchess Of Malfi by John Webster as A Revenge Tragedy “The Duchess of Malfi” is a macabre, tragic play, written by the English dramatist John Webster. It begins as a love story, with a Duchess who marries beneath her class, and ends as a nightmarish tragedy as her two brothers exact their revenge, destroying themselves in the process. The play is sometimes ridiculed by modern critics for the excessive violence and horror in its later scenes. But the violence and horror scenes give it the touch it needs to be a revenge tragedy.

The Cardinal and Ferdinand, the brothers of the Duchess, are very much against their sister’s re-marriage. Ferdinand urges her not to marry again. He condemns it because he thinks that it shows a lustful nature.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how bosola suspects the duchess to be pregnant and sends antonio a letter to inform them of his suspicions. ferdinand is determined to take revenge against his sister.
  • Analyzes how ferdinand met the duchess in the dark because he had vowed not to see her again. he promised her pardon and peace, and offered her a hand to kiss.
  • Analyzes john webster's "the duchess of malfi" as a revenge tragedy. the play is ridiculed by modern critics for the violence and horror in its later scenes.
  • Analyzes how the duke visits the duchess, but dismisses the rumour. he acquires a key of her bedroom through bosola to spy on her.
  • Analyzes how revenge is different from other tragedies in the sense that the whole part of the tragedy will be based on revenge.
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