Donne Vs. Malfi

The theme of Appearance vs. Reality in Donne and Malfi


Cardinal compared to Donne's Poetry

"which stoods't like a huge pyramid Begun upon a large and ample base"

Cardinal is at the top of the Corruption Pyramid 

Theme of app vs. reality is seen as Cardinal external appearance contrasts with internal reality.

Satire 1

Velvet Justice

2 Sides to every character- "clothed but in beast's skin"

Loves alchemy- "hidden mystery"

Donne- a many coloured peacock, suggests more than one side

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