Fallen from Paradise: 'Tis Pity and Paradise Lost

The Fallen Characters

Paradise Lost

Adam-fell from paradise.

Eve-fell from paradise

Serpent-fell from heaven.

Tis Pity

Giovanni-fell from obedience.

Anabella-fell from her purity.

Hippolyta-fell from her femininity.

Philotis-fell from her innocence.

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—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.

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—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.

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—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.

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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.

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