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Edward the Second by Christopher Marlowe The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster The plays Edward the Second and The Duchess of Malfi I will be discussing what lead to Edward and the Duchesss demised and how did the way they were murdered represented in the plays I will also show what were the undertones in the two scenes and how did they represent in the plays From the beginning we learned that Edward was a homosexual who was in love with Gaveston We can have a sense that the whole play was played around Edwards homosexuality and his affair toward Gaveston until the very end of Edwards brutal demise We learned in the beginning that the widow Duchess had fallen in love with Antonio who was not in her social class With two over protective siblings the Cardinal the eldest and Ferdinand her twin were suffocating her Evidences of over protections appeared with Ferdinand asking Bosola to watch over her while they were away Edward Thy absence made me droop and pine away For as the lovers of fair Danae When she was locked up in abrasen Tower desired her more and waxed outrageous So did it sure with me and now thy sight 2 2 52-56 Ferdinand Your inclination to shed blood rides post Before my occasion to use you I give you that To live I th court here and observe the Duchess To note all the particulars of her haviour What suitors do solicit her for marriage And whom she best affects shes a young widow I would not have her marry again 1 1 241-247 Edward and the Duchess are two rebels trying to rebel against what they thought was wrong with their situations For Edward he felt that if he was the king who is all mighty then he should have the right to be happy with anyone he chooses He might have
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