The Fallen Characters
Adam-fell from paradise.
Eve-fell from paradise
Serpent-fell from heaven.
Giovanni-fell from obedience.
Anabella-fell from her purity.
Hippolyta-fell from her femininity.
Philotis-fell from her innocence.
Milton, having not seen for years gives the reader the experience audibly:
‘the force of that fallacious fruit’ Alliteration. ‘Fallacious’ can be elongated in sound. Poetry, concentrates on the musical value.
-The language in ‘Tis Pity has to entertain a 17
th century audience.
-Language is heavily influenced by society in order to attract a range of people
-Anabella pleads ‘Forgive him, Heaven – and me my sins’ Act 5, Scene 5.
Language has to make the audience feel like they’re there.
Milton personifies themes such as ‘death’ ‘sin’ and ‘innocence’ This is coupled with the use of prophetic fallacy. ‘Earth trembl’d from her entrails’ Gives supernatural images. Earthquake. Chaotic.
-Challenge of having to have minimal description within theatre.
-Leaves the images to interpretation of directors, readers and actors, especially now.
‘A: So we shall
G: Have you heard so?
A: For certain.’ Act 5 Scene 5.
-Quick exchanges would suggest their body language consists of short and quick movements.
-’They kiss’-this would suggest they have been moving closer and closer towards each other.
This is the pinnacle event in the poem. Spacing of words on the page, is in large stanzas. As well as a lot of punctuation. This structure contributes to the idea of luxuriousness.
One can argue the pinnacle of ‘Tis Pity is in many places:
-First time they have sex.
-Giovanni’s sudden change of character.
-The deaths of most characters in the last scene
-’Tis Pity has a lot of evil things going on.
-Ford takes advantage of being creative, by not giving a clear structure to the play.
Beginnings and Endings
Begins with Giovanni not being able to suppress his feelings: ‘Must I not do what all men else may-love?’ Once released it triggers a spiral of chaos, and ends in the fall. Both show us that one doesn’t plan their fall.
-Begins with Satan unable to take the pain of his fall.
‘O foul descent! That I, who erst contended with Gods to sit the highest, am now constrain’d Into a beast’
-Once he is released in to the Garden of Eden, it triggers a lot of tension and doubt with God.
-Also ends with the fall.
-However Satan does this intentionally.