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The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

November 24, 2019
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

In comparison to the other plays I've read, I enjoyed this far more. To start with it's a woman placed in a seat of power in a court full of men which was controversial, to begin with at the time. The men that surround her, even her brothers constantly plot and plan her downfall. Be it rumours, disgrace or even murder. They're determined to find a way to remove her from power. Part of me thinks this play was lightyears ahead of its time with this kind of social commentary but it's difficult to get around the treatment she receives.

Despite being the Duchess she lacks autonomy and her brother's try and find her a husband to marry her off and get rid of her. They are constantly talking down to her and criticising her.

However, I still struggle with the format. I don't think that'll ever be something I can get over.


Name: The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster

Publisher: Bloomsbury


ISBN: 978-1-4725-2065-4

Rating: 3/5

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Katie x

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