The Changeling Themes

Mindmap on the main themes of The Changeling. More quotes are probably necessary...

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  • The Changeling Themes
    • Love
      • Alsemero
        • 'I love her dearly'
        • 'I love her beauties the holy purpose'
        • 'devotion'
        • 'admits comparison with man's first creation'
        • 'He kisses too!'
      • Beatrice
        • 'This was the man meant me'
        • 'Methinks I love now with the eye of judgement'
        • 'I shall change my saint'
      • Love as an illness
        • 'my infirmity'
        • 'not well indeed'
        • 'trembling'
        • 'whatever ails me'
        • 'mad qualm'
      • Don't love with reason or logic, but instead with sight and impulse
    • Obsession
      • Deflores
        • 'cannot choose but love her'
        • 'force errands'
        • 'thirst'
        • 'come into her sight'
        • Sexual frankness = moral decay
        • 'I'll endure all storms'
        • 'I must see her still'
        • 'I'll have my will'
        • 'Oh my blood!'
        • 'she smells all amber'
          • Erotic excitement linked to her wealth and status
        • 'Her honour's prize'
        • Motivated by 'sweet recompense'
      • Beatrice
        • 'my spotless virtue'
        • 'dear companion of my soul'
        • 'let me go poor unto my bed with honour'
        • 'I'm forced to love thee now/'Cause thou provid'st so carefully for my honour'
        • 'I am a stranger unto your bed'
          • Last thing she wants to admit
    • Insanity
      • Beatrice
        • Joost Daalder: Beatrice is 'wholly mad'
        • made blind to reality
        • Insane woman amongst sane people
      • Sex
        • Alsemero acts on fancies
        • Lollio = embodiment of the link between sex and madness
      • Obsession
        • Deflores
          • 'cannot choose but love her'
          • 'force errands'
          • 'thirst'
          • 'come into her sight'
          • Sexual frankness = moral decay
          • 'I'll endure all storms'
          • 'I must see her still'
          • 'I'll have my will'
          • 'Oh my blood!'
          • 'she smells all amber'
            • Erotic excitement linked to her wealth and status
          • 'Her honour's prize'
          • Motivated by 'sweet recompense'
        • Beatrice
          • 'my spotless virtue'
          • 'dear companion of my soul'
          • 'let me go poor unto my bed with honour'
          • 'I'm forced to love thee now/'Cause thou provid'st so carefully for my honour'
          • 'I am a stranger unto your bed'
            • Last thing she wants to admit
      • Low Plot
        • 'madmen' and 'fools'
        • People in the high plot closer to crossing insanity/sanity boundary more than people in the low plot
        • Ironically, no named characters are really insane
        • Role
          • Parallels high plot
            • Concerns a woman's virginity
            • "good" servant
            • Jealous husbands
            • Without, drift into madness in the high plot would be less effective
    • Appearance and Reality
      • Antonio and Franciscus
      • Beatrice
        • Appears to be the heroine
          • Symbolises chastity, fidelity and piety
        • Renaissance ideals of good and evil/beauty and ugliness
        • 'fair murderess'
        • 'deed's creature'
      • Deflores
        • Facial deformity = evil
        • Skin condition a reflection of Beatrice's morality?
      • Diaphanta
        • Seen as too 'quick' to be a 'maid'
        • 'most honest'

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