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  • Both Webster and Williams critisise a society they see as irredeemably corrupt
    • Duchess of Malfi
      • the Italian and French court
        • "if' by chance some cursed example poison near the head, death and disease through the whole land spread"
        • "their Judicious king"
        • placing the drama away from britain to avoid seeming seditious
          • common in renaissance writers, like Shakespeare with Hamlet
        • courtiers and their flattery all seems very staged, to show their selfishness
          • "take fire when i give fire, that is laugh when i laugh"
      • Ferdinand
        • zoomorphism
          • a wolf's skin was hairy in the outside, his on the inside"
            • the idea that its an internal discomfort he feels having killed his sister
        • "he speaks with others tongues"
        • society would say that a male would have access to his sisters funds, and he does not and claims this is the reason for her not to remarry
          • Webster included a bit about the Duchess already having a son, meaning Ferdinand's reasons are wrong
      • Bosola
        • always a willingness to commit crimes
          • "foul melancholy / willl poison all his goodness"
          • "who'es throat must i cut"
        • always seems to be clear on the corruption
          • "my corruption grew out of horse dung
        • Bosola plays the malcontent, typical role in revenge tragedies, someone who is disgusted with the corruption, like hamlet in hamlet
      • the Duchess
        • she is never corrupted by her brothers
          • radically different from the typical renaissance woman" - Jankowski
          • "yet i am not mad, to the cause of my sorrow"
          • renaissance theory that womens hysteria would come about from knowledge of sex
      • religion
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          • Stanley
            • Zoomorphism
              • zoomorphism
                • a wolf's skin was hairy in the outside, his on the inside"
                  • the idea that its an internal discomfort he feels having killed his sister
              • "Richly feathered male bird among hen"
                • analogy for the sexual nature of Stanley's character
              • commonly argued that stanley is based off of CC Williams who was an alcoholic and was cruel to his children
              • "Stanley's reaction to blanches intrusion is that of a territorial animal defending its lair"
            • His relationship with Stella
              • "her eyes go blind with tenderness"
              • their relationship seems almost entirely physically based
                • this horrifies Blanche who can't understand how the violent nature doesn't scare Stella
                  • "you didn't run, didn't scream?" "i was sort of thrilled by it"
                • he is forgiven without apologizing for the abusive behavior on the poker night
                • marital conflicts were kept within the home and were seen as private affairs - divorce was uncommon
          • Blanche
            • reality vs illusion
              • I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth"
              • she craves magic because the truth about post war america is too much to bear - allan p
            • "ive got to keep my hands off children"
              • her affiliation with young men and the desire to be loved has caused her to fall into the characteristics of a corrupted woman
          • the poker night
            • "they are men at the peak of their physical manhood"
            • "Stanley stalks fiercely" "he tosses the instrument out the window"
          • class and society
            • blanche always places herself above others
              • well if youll forgive me - he's common
              • ""what i meant is id like to be left alone"
            • men think they're above women even mitch
              • "fumbling to embrace her"
                • "get out of here quick before i start screaming fire
                  • obviously **** culture was less important than fire
            • one of the major themes of my work is the destructive power of society on the non-conformist individual - williams
              • Blanches destruction comes off of the corrupted power Stanley believes he has over everyone else
        • the cardinal
          • "thou art poisoned with that book"
          • tithes and corruption within the catholic church were key parts of Martin Luther's theses, and this lead to 1660's corrupt ideologies of catholic
        • the protestant reformation in the 1500's condoned Catholicism
        • Bible belt of the old south which Blanche would've grown up with
          • "its the blue of the robe in the old Madonna pictures"
    • Streetcar Named Desire
      • Stanley
        • Zoomorphism
          • "Richly feathered male bird among hen"
            • analogy for the sexual nature of Stanley's character
          • commonly argued that stanley is based off of CC Williams who was an alcoholic and was cruel to his children
          • "Stanley's reaction to blanches intrusion is that of a territorial animal defending its lair"
        • His relationship with Stella
          • "her eyes go blind with tenderness"
          • their relationship seems almost entirely physically based
            • this horrifies Blanche who can't understand how the violent nature doesn't scare Stella
              • "you didn't run, didn't scream?" "i was sort of thrilled by it"
            • he is forgiven without apologizing for the abusive behavior on the poker night
            • marital conflicts were kept within the home and were seen as private affairs - divorce was uncommon
      • Blanche
        • reality vs illusion
          • I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth"
          • she craves magic because the truth about post war america is too much to bear - allan p
        • "ive got to keep my hands off children"
          • her affiliation with young men and the desire to be loved has caused her to fall into the characteristics of a corrupted woman
      • the poker night
        • "they are men at the peak of their physical manhood"
        • "Stanley stalks fiercely" "he tosses the instrument out the window"
      • class and society
        • blanche always places herself above others
          • well if youll forgive me - he's common
          • ""what i meant is id like to be left alone"
        • men think they're above women even mitch
          • "fumbling to embrace her"
            • "get out of here quick before i start screaming fire
              • obviously **** culture was less important than fire
        • one of the major themes of my work is the destructive power of society on the non-conformist individual - williams
          • Blanches destruction comes off of the corrupted power Stanley believes he has over everyone else
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