Act II, Scene 1 ... In the Duchess of Malfi, the main protagonist, the Duchess, steps beyond societal boundaries by destroying the image of herself as a powerless widow and instead recreating herself as a powerful political figure, a mother, and a wife; since society worried about giving women too much power or control, the Duchess took matters into her own hands and showed her ability to make her own decisions while still excelling at her "feminine roles" as a mother and wife. John Webster's ''The Duchess of Malfi'' is a dark and bloody tragedy that deals with issues of political corruption, class conflict, and gender. It is considered one of the great plays of the... John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, although generally considered one of the greatest plays of the Renaissance outside of Shakespeare, is a very strange tragedy indeed.
You have been long in France, and you return A very formal Frenchman in your habit. How do you like the French court? ANTONIO: I admire it.