The Duchess of Malfi Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think we never learn the Duchess's name in the play? What do you think the author was trying to say by not giving her a name? How would the play have changed, or not have changed, if she had been given a name?

Essay Topic 2

What literary devices does the author use to convey things about the characters within the first few scenes of the play? Thinking about the way Webster uses characters, foreshadowing, and dialogue, pick 3 characters, and describe how these devices help the reader know more about the characters and what is going to happen later in the play.

Essay Topic 3

Do you think that family relationships or friendships prove stronger in this play? Keep in mind that a "strong" relationship can also mean a bad or negative one. Use 3 specific examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 4

Pick a character...

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