Hello, I am looking for someone to write an essay on The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. It needs to be at least 1500 words.
Of course, the play, Duchess of Malfi, has in many places, got similarities with the application of the revenge theme with Hamlet. But this play cannot be paralleled with the position of Hamlet that has got among the audience. The play marvels due to the writer’s artistic creativity on the subject and on the language. The skillful use of the theme and language made this play a success over the centuries.
As the play begins the two major characters of the play, Antonio and his friend Delio make conversation. Antonio’s good character is shown by the words he speaks about the French court. He insists that the court should have to show its royalty by the acts. In a way he hints the uncommon practices happening at the court of Malfi. Soon the things become clear as the dialogue between Cardinal and Boscolo speak about the situation. The licentious and greedy character of the Cardinal is shown by the writer. The warnings set on the Duchess by her brothers, Ferdinand and Cardinal about remain in the widowed state make her react against the cruelties of her brothers. She woos Antonio soon after her brothers leave the place. She says to Antonio, “Fie, fie, what’s all this? One of your eyes is bloodshot. use my ring to’ They way ‘tis very sovereign: ‘twas My Wedding Ring And I did vow never to part with it But to my second husband” (Webster Act I scene I). Very skilfully the Duchess makes him the husband. The extract details the love between the two which in the play reasons for the series of causalities. She is sure of the after-effects of their marriage between them. As she did against her brothers they would surely raise against Antonio and the Duchess so but she believes that “Yet, should they know it, time will easily scatter the tempest” (The Renaissance and Long Eighteenth Century, n.d. p.556).
The love scene by the Duchess and Antonio seems to associate the play with Jacobean comical types.