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The plays of Jacobean dramatist John Webster are masterpieces of early seventeenth-century English theatre. ‘The White Devil’ depicts a dark, sinister world of duplicity, intrigue and murderous infidelity, while ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ tells the macabre story of a woman who marries beneath herself and sets in motion a terrible cycle of violence. Unlike these revenge tragediThe plays of Jacobean dramatist John Webster are masterpieces of early seventeenth-century English theatre. ‘The White Devil’ depicts a dark, sinister world of duplicity, intrigue and murderous infidelity, while ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ tells the macabre story of a woman who marries beneath herself and sets in motion a terrible cycle of violence. Unlike these revenge tragedies, ‘The Devil’s Law-Case’ asserts social order in a plot filled with twists of fate. Written at a time when the court of King James was rife with instability and corruption, Webster’s disturbing plays reflect this abuse of power and are known for their horrific vision of humanity – yet they are also some of the most rich, sophisticated dramas ever composed....

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ISBN : 9780140430813
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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Three Plays Reviews

  • Bill FromPA
    2019-04-15 23:21

    The White Devil 2/10The Duchess of Malfi 3/21The Devil's Law-Case 4/18-19

  • Kyle
    2019-03-28 22:47

    I am glad that for my comprehensive exams I chose one of the more intriguing tragedies to be performed in the later years of the Globe Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi presents a cruel world punctuated by the clear-sightedness of its characters, for good or more often for evil, and the moral complexity of following traditions to a deadly 't'. The other two plays in this collection were more of a struggle to understand: White Devil and The Devil's Law-Case rely on unsympathetic stereotypes of Italians where everyone is an Iago, even those who appear on stage in the costume of a Moor. The females have it worse where only the defiant Duchess rises above the constant abuse from family members and a heinous hegemony.

  • Eleni
    2019-03-27 22:45

    Webster is often thought of as the brutal playwright after Shakespeare. And there is a lot of violence in Webster's plays, that being said, they are well-crafted and entertaining in ways that would seem familiar to modern film audiences also used to graphic scenes of violence. Certainly, the point of Jacobean drama is more than just graphic violence, it is sometimes hard to get passed it, but it does comment on the times.

  • justin
    2019-03-30 22:38

    seriously, everyone should love The Duchess of Malfi. crazy murders and secret babies!

  • Lysergius
    2019-04-03 15:46

    Less literary, more action oriented than Shakespeare.