The Duchess of Malfi Themes & Motifs

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Good versus Evil

The theme of good versus evil is expressed throughout the play. In the beginning of the play, the audience is introduced to noble Antonio expressing his thoughts on his recent trip to France. Antonio favors their honest courtiers. He receives Ferdinand’s ring for winning the sporting event. His fine character is contrasted with the appalling character of Bosola who has served time for his crimes. Unhappy sinister Bosola receives gold coins from Duke Ferdinand to spy on the Duchess as the horse manager. In the final act, edgy Bosola accidently stabs and kills harmless Antonio. Antonio listens as Bosola pities him. Bosola wants to break Antonio’s heart with the news that the Duchess and their two children have been murdered. Antonio wishes to be admired by his trusted friend Delio, but he dies.

Ferdinand’s attempt to make the Duchess believe that...

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