The Duchess Of Malfi

The Duchess Of Malfi ANTONIO Tis great pity He should be thus neglected I have heard He s very valiant This foul melancholy Will poison all his goodness for I ll tell you If too immoderate sleep be truly said

  • Title: The Duchess Of Malfi
  • Author: John Webster
  • ISBN: 9780582817791
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • ANTONIO Tis great pity He should be thus neglected I have heard He s very valiant This foul melancholy Will poison all his goodness for, I ll tell you, If too immoderate sleep be truly said.

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    1. This play, the finest Jacobean drama outside the Shakespeare canon, is not only a gem of poetry and wit, but also a meditation on the vanity of public life and the inevitability of death. The satiric prose is filled with such poetic imagery and the subtle verse is so sharp in its commentary that each individual use of language complements all the others. The reader is surprised to find in such a merciless play so much goodness and such tender love scenes. Perhaps that is part of the reason why, [...]

    2. Life is a desperate business carried on by demented apes and ending in a welter of blood and shit. Everybody knows this, more or less, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded now and then. That, as I take it, is one of the modest functions of literature, reassuring us that we're all down here in the hole together, manning the pumps. Then again, I'm just a guy with a laptop and a Starbucks card, so what do I know?So here's another thing I learned from Webster: I happened to read The Duchess of Malfi i [...]

    3. Other sins only speak, murder shreiks out:The element of water moistens the earth,But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens.Oh mercy, revenge upon the cursed Vengeful in five sumptuous acts of poetry, racy bits and bloodshed. The initial revengers are a creepy pair of powerful brothers miffed that their sis has moved on from bereavement and is now happily shacking up. They enlist the world's most literate assassin for the wet work. I began this a month ago and made it half way. I started ov [...]

    4. "Black-birds fatten best in hard weather"It’s a still-performed play in our days. Though its best place for representation had been, for long, the Blacks Friars Theater. According to scholar James Shapiro, it’s a “story of intrigue and murder”…”a bloody dark work”of 1623. Webster surely based his story on a real one: the real Giovanna D’Aragona, who in 1493 married the regent, soon to die. She had two brothers. Yet Giovanna had a secret marriage and two children concealed. By 151 [...]

    5. First thoughts: THANK GOD THIS IS OVER WITH! AUGH.My God. My brain hurts ANGER HURTS.**Also just a forerunner: Everything after this will be going full tilt into spoilers. So if you don't want to see them, skip ahead to where the bold asterisks mark the continuation spot please!**I read this play and I sit there and I'm like:NOTHING IS HAPPY. NOTHING. ALL OF IT IS BULL.And no, seriously. It's all bull. The entire story is about a woman who has been recently widowed and her two high ranking broth [...]

    6. A great play, I have been lucky enough to see it performed twice. The most recent was with the wonderful Gemma Artherton playing the lead role at the Wannamaker theatre.

    7. Catching up with the classics #31Really almost a 2? I’m not really sure how I feel about this play? It just seemed like pointless violence and hatred.

    8. This play, the work of John Webster, a master of Jacobean tragedy, was first produced in London in 1614.Act I: Although there are characters here who are dangerous – Bosola, the Cardinal, Ferdinand – the most memorable are the Duchess herself, sister of the latter two and a young widow, and Antonio, her hired overseer. The dialogue between the Duchess and Antonio is delicate, lovely, and caring, a careful minuet in which the Duchess must take the lead by virtue of her superior social positio [...]

    9. Everybody’s favourite Jacobean tragedy (other than those by Shakespeare), really the only one that is played today with any regularity, The Duchess of Malfi has it all: a good story, great writing, enough comedy to keep it entertaining, complex characters, quotable lines and superb stagecraft. There is even horror, but not the gratuitous bloodiness of earlier plays. That severed hand with the ring is unbeatable. There is some problem with our not having a clean copy of the play. Even John Webs [...]

    10. Instead of reading this Masterpiece as a FALLEN TRAGEDY, approach it as a SUBLIMALLY HEIGHTENED MELODRAMA and see the wonders! The play will open itself to unimagined readings!!! Must try.

    11. BBC Radio 3: Sunday PlayBroadcast: Sunday 8th November 1992 @ 7:30 p.m.Blurb. The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy concerning the secret marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner. John Webster's great Jacobean drama detailing the fiendish schemes of two brothers who desire their wealthy sister's title and estates ends with a bloody and horrifying climax."The Duchess of Malfi" is a meditation on power--political, religious, and sex [...]

    12. I read this in high school, reread it recently, and finally appreciated just why it was truly radical in its day. It scathingly questions convention, morality, and hypocrisy. Clearly, Webster suggests that the title character is the only person in the play who didn't do anything wrong, even though other characters think she is a bad woman for marrying for love (below her station), and actually proposing marriage to the man she wants. Compare this with the treachery, venality, and violence of the [...]

    13. I know that it's not fair, but I can't help but compare Webster to Shakespeare and Webster loses badly.Overall, this was an interesting read and certainly a book that I enjoyed looking at from an academic perspective. However, it wasn't at all fun to read (honestly it was just death and gloom and death and gloom on a cycle) and didn't hold the effortlessly clever nature of Shakespeare's works. Would recommend only to those with an interest in actually studying the play as opposed to reading it f [...]

    14. I reread this recently, and have been thinking about it ever since. It has the kind of psychological complexity that sneaks up on you--in some ways, more subtle than Shakespeare. The character of Bosola is mercurial, impossible to pin down. The brothers are each monsters in their own ways--but the incestuous desires of one of them, dark and suppressed, are never articulated. That suppression is what makes him a monster.This work, more than most, brings to mind for me what Freud once said--that a [...]

    15. A revenge play, tragic and emotional, showing how good people can suffer but evil can not prevail too.Duchess is widow, young and beautiful abandoned from marriage by her brothers. She marries her steward and murdered with husband and children, first herself, then children and in the end her husband. But her brothers were also killed by the villain, whom they choose to do all the evils.All over tragedy and reality.To be read only for text books, as one can not enjoy such things as tragedy that m [...]

    16. If Elizabethan Tragedy was marked by exhilaration ; Jacobean tragedy was marked by decadence. Just as the phenomenon of a crest in the sea is followed by that of a trough, so also Elizabethan Tragedy was followed by Jacobean tragedy, indicating a distinct falling off from the achieved standard of literary excellence. As a revenge tragedy, though less action oriented than The Spanish Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi forms a class by itself. (full review will follow)

    17. ـامشب هوا بسیارطوفانی است.ـهیچ نبود جز مهربانی شیطانکه کودک خویش را در گهواره تکان می داد.

    18. Webster's language is quite remarkable. All critics, so far as I am aware, feel obliged to comment on the "horror" of Webster's plays but they ignore the obvious humour of his grotesque extravagence. I have a problem with this "horror" as I do with the "horror" of Bosch's paintings. Wasn't the real world of the time more full of horror? Disease, war and torture were far more horrible that Webster or Bosch's portrayals of the same. Webster seemed to have very little notion of religion and none of [...]

    19. "We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and bandied Which way please them". Hmmmm. This is an interesting play, and I have to admit, not my favourite. I have to study The Duchess as part of my Uni English course, and having read Othello immediately before it, I'm afraid I prefer the latter.I'm not sure what it is about old-fashioned playwrights, but in both Othello and Duchess, women seem to die twice. In Othello, Desdemona miraculously survives a smothering, only to say a few words and d [...]

    20. The play itself deserves a higher rating but this free Kindle edition from was annoying in its formatting so I downgraded the rating. I have been curious about this play ever since I first read Agatha Christie's Sleeping Murder as a teenager. I knew very little about it other than what I gleaned from that reference It is a tragedy very much in the style of Shakespeare's great tragedies, which is not surprising since Webster & Shakespeare were contemporaries, but without the 'comic relief' ( [...]

    21. The Duchess of Malfi was one of the texts I read for AS English Literature, and I loved it.The plot is slightly crazy; with The Duchess' husband having just died and her brothers the Cardinal and Ferdinand both petitioning her to re-marry a certain type of man. However, the Duchess is in love with Antonio, one her servants. Ferdinand, the Duchess' twin (who has some *complicated* feelings towards his sister) hires Bosola to spy on the Duchess; and he discovers that not only has the Duchess secre [...]

    22. WhilstThe Duchess of Malfiisn't particularly progressive by the standards of the twenty-first century, I would consider it feminist text for the time (published 1623) in which it was written.The Duchess of Malfiis one of the very first tragedies that places a woman at the forefront of the play. Usually, a tragedy focused on a male character because it was generally thought in the seventeenth century, that only men could be heroic ie. Hamlet. Likewise,The Duchess of Malfioffers a range of women t [...]

    23. It's a shame that one can't help but compare Webster to his near contemporary Bill Shakespeare. The all time great literary genius is a pretty tough person to have to be compared to. Webster seems very one dimensional by comparison. Shakespeare can dance effortlessly across so many different philosophies, emotions, perspectives etc and express each one, no matter how conflicting, with conviction and empathy. Webster's characters don't feel real, just cardboard puppets designed to express his sca [...]

    24. I don't really have much of an opinion on this other than what my textbooks and cliff notes have told me to think. It wasn't dreadful or bad in the least but I won't be reading it again. I feel like three stars is an educated rating for something like this due mainly to my indifference. But I'm well aware its mainly because I'm not a fan of reading plays, I much prefer to watch them be performed than have to analyse different ways the text can be performed. (Ian McKellen is in everything, isn't [...]

    25. Reading this really made me appreciate Shakespeare's plays that much more. This is one of the only other Elizabethan (or, technically Jacobean) plays I've read not by The Bard, and it is not nearly as good. Although there are a few interesting characters, I don't think they are developed quite enough. Julia, for example, comes in and out at the most random times simply to move the plot along. Also, Webster clearly preceded the neoclassical stress on unity of time. At times, this actually read li [...]

    26. The characters in the play are really well fleshed out! Up to now I'm still uncertain of who Bosola really was - a despicable villain? A villain with a change of heart? Just someone who got caught up in the puzzles life throws? All in all, it really depicts human nature and the intricacies of human existence. The language too is spot-on brilliant. Just to leave y'all with Ferdinand's dying words (he's finally sane then):"Whether we fall by ambition, blood or lust / Like diamonds we are cut with [...]

    27. It is lot more depraved that the White Devil and much less successful. It is one of those rare Jacobian tragedies where the women aren't the worst things ever. It works because of the title character who makes you believe why she would do something like marry beneath her station. Then literally all hell breaks loose, and we do mean hell. Her killer ironically becomes her avenger as depravity rules the stage. Why Webster is rarely staged amazes me, he would fit in with our modern films.

    28. This, along with King Lear and Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's tale constituted one of papers for English Literature at 'A' level. Webster was a contemporary (many would say a lesser one) of Shakespeare and this is your typical Elizabethen tragedy with the oddity that the main protagonist is female. [Please write an essay on the following: To what degree can the Duchess be seen to be the arbiter of her own destiny?]. Overall, it was good fun, with your usual malconents, blood, gore and revenge.

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