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The Duchess of Malfi

This posting offers examples and a short discussion of the role of religion and fate within the play.

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Please note that Webster's The Duchess of Malfi tackles political and religious themes. Since this piece is a Jacobean tragedy of sorts, please note that it tends to question traditional values. There is also speculation in the play that society's injustices and evil cannot be erased by moral values and traditional ways of life. Please note how the "mad scene" in 4.2. shows how the rantings of the madmen parody and reflect the society that has condemned ...

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Fate is questioned within the piece.