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In Websters The Duchess of Malfi one scene connects thematically imagistically linguistically and dramatically with the rest of the play This is Act III scene ii In this scene the authors scrupulous attention to the flow of text as well as the location of each scene which serve dramatic purposes become apparent He also makes obvious the use of metaphors that are continually part of the text During this scene one of the main themes the Duchesss desire to be in control is very distinct for the first time The Duchesss need to have control over her life is epitomized in Act III scene ii when she is seductively teasing Antonio saying I hope in time twil grow into a custom that noblemen shall come with cap and knee to purchase a nights lodging of their wives This stubborn approach to life is apparent throughout the text In the beginning of the play the Duchess stands up against her brother for her freedom to marry again stating that through frights and threatenings she will assay this dangerous venture remarrying Her impassioned desire to remarry is a shock in sixteenth and seventeenth century England where most widows simply remained single living off the wealth of their deceased husbands The Duchesss willful nature is further demonstrated in Act I scene iii in her comment we are forced to woo because none dare woo us Although some may read the line as the Duchesss way of justifying her straightforward propositioning of Antonio it could also be her way of commanding her life The Duchesss tenacious nature is clearly illustrated in Act III scene ii is a recurring theme and becomes even more apparent as the Duchess faces her executioners She remains strong and unyielding declaring I am Duchess of Malfi still Continuing this exhibition of imperturbable character she placates Bosola with remarks such as What would it pleasure me to have my throat cut with diamonds
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