The Duchess of Malfi | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John Russell Brown

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Duchess of Malfi.
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Critical Essay by John Russell Brown

SOURCE: An introduction to The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, edited by John Russell Brown, 1623. Reprint by Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1964, pp. xvii-lix.

In the following excerpt, Brown discusses The Duchess of Malfi's structure, language, dramatic characterization, and moral perspective.

"I hold it, in these kind of Poems with that of Horace: Sapientia prima, stultitia caruisse; to bee free from those vices, which proceed from ignorance; of which I take it, this Play will ingeniously acquit it selfe."

Title page of the 1612 edition of The White Devil. Title page of the 1612 edition of The White Devil.

Webster's introduction to The Devil's Law Case will serve for his earlier tragedy. The Duchess is skilfully and meticulously contrived; like a Pygmalion's image, it has been almost killed by being cherished too much.

Structure

Artfully the characters have been made to...

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