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Jacobean drama is named after Jacobus, the Latin translation of “James”. Most scholars use this term to refer collectively to the works created during the reign of James I (1603-1625) in England. Simply put, Jacobean drama is simply the drama that was performed during the reign of Elizabeth’s successor. It evolved out of Elizabethan dramas but around 1610, began to show a marked shift from the previous era’s theatrical tradition. This is a period characterized by literature and arts not just because of its societal importance but also because of the king’s love for them. Revenge tragedy, is therefore a form of tragedy where a character seeks revenge over the loss of something dear to him/her directly or indirectly. The main characteristics of the Jacobean revenge tragedy includes; a complex plot, murder, madness/insanity, selfish desires, high sense of violence, we see a protagonist who has a serious grievance against a formidable opponent, cruel act and torment. We also see man’s obsession with wealth, material things and corruption.
This work is an attempt on comparing and contrasting the works of two neoclassical authors even though they existed in different era in history. it analyses the themes of these works paying attention to the prevalent issues in the363se era. the works are APHRA BEHN'S THE ROVER AND JOHN WEBSTER'S THE DUCHESS OF MALFI a restoration comedy and a Jecobean revenge tragedy respectively.
with this write up, there is a comparison of both Jecobean revenge tragedy and Restoration comedy with the respective plays; The Duchess of Malfi and The Rover.
EVERY WORK OF ART MUST HAVE A DISTINCTIVE FORCE THAT DRIVES OR THAT SURROUNDS IT, GIVING IT SOME SPECIAL CONCERN AND HOW THEY ARE TO BE TREATED. JACOBEAN TRAGEDY WHICH ENDS IN A SAD NOTE LOOKS ANS SEEM SERIOUS, WHILE THE RESTORATION COMEDY FILLED WITH HUMOUR CREATES A MENTAL PICTURE OF EXCESSIVE CRAZINESS,AND HOW THEIR NAMES ADD TO THE NATURE OF THEIR INCORRIGBLE LIFE WHICH POSSIBLY CANT BE CHANGED.
In a nut shell, the heroic figure in the play is undoubtedly the duchess. She is stoically accepts her fates and constantly takes the lead in her relationship with Antonio. Her strong character is a typical of Jacobean tragedies.
Conclusively, though the plays in discourse are set in different periods with quite dismilar concepts and outcomes, the writer still upholds the familiarity of Diction-witty dialogue to the best of the characters ability to rub their counterparts, and attain their core goals regardless of what it costs. From the writer’s view, love, the fancy word for sex stands as paramount quest in the plays as it regards the restoration and Jacobean periods. Little wonder, Hellena in ‘’The Rover’’ and the Duchess in the ‘’Duchess of Malfi ‘’ tends to be “safeguarded” by their owners as to be safe from the sex vulgarity of the society though the strategies for the ventures appears entirely different as well as the outcomes.
IN THESE TWO PLAYS "THE DUCHESS OF MALFI" AND "THE ROVER". THERE IS THIS AMOROUS INTRIGUE WHICH IS SEEN ON THE WAY PEOPLE EXPRESS THEIR FEELING OF LOVE.
Finally, in The Rover the names of most of all the characters influenced them in their actions. Willmore is the Rover and consequently the major character in The Rover and behaves accordingly with his name and also Duchess been the protagonist in The Duchess of Malfi. Some of the characters see love as a game while others see it as war which makes those who see it as a game to win and making those who see it as war to loose. While such things are not found in The Duchess of Malfi.