White Devil Themes and Quotes

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    • Death
      • Vittoria
        • "O my greatest sin lay in my blood; now my blood pays for't." (passion)
      • Brachiano
        • "T'have poisoned his prayer book."
        • "Devil Brachiano thou art damned."
      • Flamineo
        • Is it ok to feel pleasure in Flamineo's death?
        • "I love thee now"
        • "My liver's parboiled like Scotch holy bread."
      • Camilo
        • "Writhes his neck about."
        • "I taste not fully"
      • Isabella
        • "The circumstance that breaks you duchess' heart."
      • Marcello
        • "Flamineo runs Marcello through."
    • Corruption
      • Italy - loose morals. - illicitness
        • Characters identified and appreciated more in a revenge tragedy if from Italy
      • "the rare tricks of a Machivallian."
      • "The Cardinal's too bitter"
      • "Black book"
      • "It does not suit a reverend cardinal to play lawyer thus."
      • "Great men do great good, or else great harm."
    • Webster Context
      • Webster studied law. Aware of corruption?
      • Jacobean era. King James.
        • Brutality of King James
        • Corrupt courts of princes.
      • Roman Catholic Church = corruption + superstition.
      • Explores "skull beneath the skin"
    • Ambition
      • "Made me graduate... but not a suit richer."
      • "Because we are poor shall we be vicious?"
      • "Tree shall long time keep a steady foot whose branches spread no wider than the roots."
    • Supernatural
      • Dream scene
        • "Excellent devil."
        • "The devil is in your dream."
        • "A foolish idle dream."
        • "Mid of night"
        • "Churchyard."
        • "yew-tree"
        • "I could not pray"
      • Isabella's ghost
        • "That have to meditate upon revenge."
        • "Tis my melancholy"
      • Brachiano's ghost
        • "This is beyond melancholy"
        • "ghost throws dirt on him and shows him the skull."
        • "horrors" and "disgrace."
    • Revenge
      • How moral are revenge plays?
        • "Both flower and weed spring when the sun is warm."
        • "For they that sleep with dogs shall rise with flees."
      • Fransisco
        • "Methinks this revenge is poor because it steals upon him like a theif."
      • Monticelso
        • "For my revenge i'd stake a brothers life."
      • Lodovico
        • "I did love Brachiano's duchess... I have sworn T'avenge her murder."
    • Horrid Laughter
      • Mocking Camilo
        • "So unable to please a woman"
        • "Cuckold"
        • (Aside) "A lousy slave."
      • Malcontent scene
        • "What a strange creature is a laughing fool."
        • "Let's be unsociably unsociable"
      • Dumbshows
        • Camilo's death is farcical therefore funny.
        • Positions him over "vaulting horse" so it looks like he had an accident.
    • Position of Women
      • Vittoria
        • "Through darkness diamonds spread their richest light."
        • Corruption in court could be considered metaphorical rape of women.
        • "Shall I expound whore to you?"
        • "This character scapes me."
        • Her duplicit personality is required to survive in a patriarchal society
      • Zanche
        • "Poor maids get more lovers than husbands."
      • Isabella
        • "Dig the strumpets eyes out,"
      • Cornelia
        • "O that I ne'er had borne thee."
      • Misogyny
        • "How miserable a thing it is to die 'mongst women howling!"
        • "There's nothing sooner dry than women's tears."
    • Critics
      • TS Eliot - Webster was "possessed by death"
      • Charles Kingsley - "He has to arouse terror and pity, not thought."
      • Kathleen McLuskie - Dramatised misogyny.
      • Travis Bogard - According to Webster, "life... is moral chaos."

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