Following the tip of Queen Elizabeth's reign within the early 17th century, the recent court docket of King James used to be beset through political instability and ethical corruption. This surroundings supplied fertile flooring for the dramatists of the age, whose performs discover the ways that social decadence and the abuse of energy breed resentment and lead inexorably to violence and bloody retribution. In Tourneur's The Revenger's Tragedy, the debauched son of an Italian Duke makes an attempt to rape the virtuous Gloriana - a veiled connection with Elizabeth I. Webster's The White satan depicts a sinister international of intrigue and murderous infidelity, whereas The Changeling, maybe Middleton's perfect fulfillment, powerfully portrays a girl bringing approximately her personal unwitting destruction. All 3 are masterpieces of brooding depth, ruled by means of pictures of degradation, disillusionment and loss of life.
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