Corruption I Heroism I Innocence I Revenge in PL and TWD

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'be thy act Judas-Like [...] may'st thou be envied during his short breath'
TWD - 25 - even the most innocent women have impure thoughts/desires- corruption is everywhere
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'we are engaged in mischief and must on [...] the way ascends not straight but imitates the subtle foldings of the winter's snake'
TWD -27- like satan's indirect approach to eve- even approach is sneaky and secretive - foreshadows sinfulness to come
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'and this divorce shall be as truly kept as if the judge had doomed it'
TWD - 37 - good to demonstrate Isabella's dedication to Brachiano
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'you see my lord what goodly fruit she seems, yet like those apples travellers report [...] she'll fall too soot and ashes'
TWD - 60 - fruit = direct reference to Eve in PL - ashes and soot connoted Hell
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'this character scapes me'
TWD -62- Vittoria playing the innocent
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'i could not pray'
TWD - 22- Vittoria - possessed by the devil? so corrupted/distanced from God that she can no longer communicate - Webster suggests she is pure evil
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'oh your breath! out upon sweetmeats, and continued physic. the plague is in them.'
TWD -36- diseased against sin - throughout the play sin is often described as decay/disease - 'mildew' - she is infecting him with her innocence - condeming her to filthiness is worsened by women being valued for loveliness and beauty at the time
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'accursed be the priest that sang the wedding mass, and even my issue'
TWD -37- cursing all the innocence and morality for corrupting his evil and preveting him from obtaining what he desires - blasphemy - values his own lust over his duty to carry on the family name
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'to loose the were to lose myself'
PL - literally becuase she was made of his rib - also demonstrates his selflessness and heorism as he nobly sacrifices himself so she doesn't suffer alone. - unlike Brachiano
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'some there are which call it my black book'
TWD - monticelso is the pope - however he is causing much of the coruption - rotten foundation - he is supposed to be pillar of morality and purity yet he is corrupting people - black = evil
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'we see that undermining more prevails than doth the cannon'
TWD - Monticelso - trying to manipulate Francisco out of taking the noble war route and rather be sneaky and sly
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'dost thou imagine thou canst slide in blood and not be tainted with a shameful fall?'
TWD - monticelso - 'fall' links to PL - blood = his previously 'scarlet robes' (more scandalous than red - also lust and sin) and thereofre past sinfulness - blood=death/danger - doesnt want to be tainted by fall/blood.
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*continuation - christian idea that when physical body 'blood' dies the souls goes on and will not be permitted to be with god if tainted by sinfulness
yes
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'malice bent on man's destruction, maugre what might hap of heavier on himself, fearless returned'
PL - latinate syntax reinforces heroism suggested here
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'to have marred what he 'almighty' styled six nights and days'
PL - satan sees himself as equal to god - equally heroic or equally as evil/destructive?
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one night freed from servitude inglorious [...] th'angleic name and thinner left the throng'
PL - he appears to be a saviour - slavery in heaven - alliteration of 'th' = impression of stuttering victory/snakishness
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now constrained into a beast and mixed with bestial slime'
PL - satan doesn't want to be lowered in this way - feel he is above common animals - has to be sneaky as slime elves a trail
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'loaded with fruit of fairest colours mixed ruddy and gold [...] dropping with milk at even unsucked of lamb
PL - gold = valuable and enriching whilst the idea that lambs also drink/eat from it suggests it is not corrupting as they are symbolic of innocence - it is perhaps even the reverse and morally cleansing
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'but why to keep ye low and ignorant, his worshippers?'
PL -216- vilifying god and making him appear power-hungry and therefore they feel stupid/taken advantage of
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'in plain then what forbids he but to know, forbids us good, forbids us to be wise?'
PL - 217- Eve - sounds increasingly similar to satan and also conveys the idea that what is forbidden becomes more interesting/irresistible/attractive
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TWD -27- like satan's indirect approach to eve- even approach is sneaky and secretive - foreshadows sinfulness to come

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'we are engaged in mischief and must on [...] the way ascends not straight but imitates the subtle foldings of the winter's snake'

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TWD - 37 - good to demonstrate Isabella's dedication to Brachiano

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TWD - 60 - fruit = direct reference to Eve in PL - ashes and soot connoted Hell

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