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ISBN : 9781849020602
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Number of Pages : 110 Pages
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The Maid's Tragedy Reviews

  • Lona (Windowsill Books)
    2018-11-04 20:31

    Read this for my English Renaissance class.

  • Esdaile
    2018-11-13 19:36

    This tragedy is steeped in the mores of its time. Such a comment might appear to be a statement of the obvious, but whereas Shakespeare and also Webster or Jonson within the compass of the mores and customs of their time, strain at the leash by the nature of their imagination and ability, this play is practically incomprehensible without taking on board what Salvador de Madariaga in his critique of Hamlet insisted was the "the age of Spain" and the religious and social beliefs of the time. Paradoxically, the beliefs are so violently presented in this play, that the reader/viewer might find them overwheleming, exaggerated even for the time and therefore nevertheless questionable. Amintor, newly married to Evadne, after having been betroathed to Antiphila, discovers a terrible truth on his wedding night, a truth which our age might shake off as risible, but which means that his new wife denies him his husbandly rights. It emerges that the King (he is really only named "King" in this play, suggesting that this "King" with no name represents all kings) has forced the couple to marry because he wants to keep Evadne in court and continue as his "whore". Amintor's dilemma is whether in these circumstances he is justified in killing the King. This was surely the controversy of the time-is the murder of a tyrant ever permissable? It is discussed at length by Calvin in the Institutes of the Christian Religion, it was a challenge to Milton and to Hobbes. It calls to mind Cromwell's cry to Lord Fairfax-"Fairfax: The King, Oliver, the King." "If he is guilty, then sign!" Stylistically,this play resonates with pale echoes of maybe a dozen Shakespeare plays. In fact, it is quite entertaining seeing how many references/echoes one can detect! In terms of poetry, this play gives the impression of fatique, even decadence, a poor shadow of the Elizabethans and Jacobeans who preceded this and whom the writer could not hope to equal. In terms of the politics, this melodrama is more interesting. It seems to revere contemporary social order in priciple while challenging it in practice. It is no wonder that it was prohibited by the Lord Chamberlain, Cibber suggesting because "the killing of the king while the tragical death of Charles the First was then so fresh in people's memory was an object so horribly impious for a public entertainment." Maybe, but surely also because it dramtically presents an impious abuse of power by the King, exploiting the his sujects' allegiance to break marriage oaths, fornicate, adulterate and turn love from its true course ( the true course of love here would seem to be Antiphila's love for Amintor) and leads a suject to rebel against his sovereign, Melanthius in revenge for his sister. The play is clearly aimed and consciously aimed at the impieties not only of all kings but of the King who at that time sat on the throne of England and was known for not being averse to using his preroagtives for mhis own personal cupidic ends.It might almost be an advantage in reading or watching (when was it last staged?) this play to be unfamiliar with Shakespeare, since the aforementioned "echoes" are extremely obtrusive. This play looks forward to French theatre, to Racine, where the intensity of the erotic and the anguish of conflicting duty is concentrated in the most intense and relentless tragedioes. Coming just after Shakespeare and just before Racine, this play is bound to suffer by inevitable comparison. The psychology is extremely weak too, characters switching from one reaction to another with no slow transformation which one would expect in life and is shown in "Othello" which this play repeatedly and very poorly imitates. If you like melodrama though, it is well worth a read (and yes I would be interested to see how it worked on stage). There is humour and bathos in the plot, which is incredible but it terms of the issues which it confronts credible ( adramaticisation of pressing issues-tyrannicide, right or wrong, is a "fallen" woman herself "guilty" when she falls to her sovereign? There is a humorous character too, Calianax, Aspatia's father, a pusillanimous old man (Andrew Aguecheek 30 years on?) whose parting lines are drole: "I know not what the matter is, but I am grown very kind, and am friends with all of you now. You have given me that among you will kill me quickly; but I'll go home and live as long as I can."

  • Rebekah
    2018-10-23 16:27

    4.7 starsAn engaging play that subverts feminine stereotypes of the time and shows the dangers of both political and masculine power. Both primary women rise up and act in a way unexpected of them with the highlight of the play being Evadne's brutal and bloody murder of her "lover" the king. (Just how much she liked him is vague and unclear). Being a tragedy of course many other people are murdered as well. While it may not have many great philosophical insights like Shakespeare's tragedies, there is still quite a bit to hold one's interest aside from the gruesome murder of the king. I liked it.

  • Natalie
    2018-11-16 21:39

    Jacobean drama gone so wrong that it's glorious.

  • American Shakespeare Center
    2018-11-01 17:13

    The women of Beaumont and Fletcher’s unforgettable play bear the consequences of the scheming men around them. The power of true love falters when the King of Rhodes asks the noble Amintor to marry Evadne instead of his beloved Aspatia. When the lascivious reason for the King’s request comes to light, Amintor plots his revenge. But, blood will have blood, and one murder quickly multiplies into a bloodbath.Come see it live onstage at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA.ASC's The Maid's Tragedy

  • Majo
    2018-11-04 21:25

    Intente considerar el contexto histórico de la obra, ya que se considera que la trama es original entre las típicas obras de la época isabelina, y algunos críticos consideran que The Maid’s Tragedy es la primera en introducir el romance en la tragedia de venganza.Personalmente creo que los autores hicieron la elección de representar a las mujeres como meros objetos, los personajes en general son dolorosamente unidimensionales y la trama se desenvuelve de manera poco dinámica.

  • Michael
    2018-11-17 21:15

    Sometimes I just need to read a bloody, revenge tragedy to break up the monotony. Sadly, this page is rarely staged or even discussed, which is a crime since it is equal parts bawdy and bloody. With the girls doing most of the dirty work which is rare in the genre.

  • Judy
    2018-11-06 15:31

    The style of this early 17th-century play is strikingly similar to Shakespeare - it's full of beautiful poetry and also has a daring plot. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody who likes reading old dramas. Now I'd really like to see it on stage.

  • Annalisa
    2018-11-01 20:34

    Not one of Beaumont and Fletcher's best. I found the characters flat and the mix of comedy and tragedy to be off (and I'm someone who normally loves the period's propensity to stick comic characters in the middle of the most tragic of scenes).

  • M.L. Rio
    2018-11-18 13:25

    Not the greatest play but there is a woman who ties a man up in bed and murders him and another who disguises herself as a boy and forces her ex-fiancé to fight her, so John and Francis can have two stars for not writing early modern manic pixie dream girls.

  • Susanne Gruss
    2018-11-05 17:38

    enjoyed the cross-dressing duelist and Evadne's transgressivity - but this is not my all-time-favourite Jacobean tragedy

  • Matt
    2018-11-14 18:32

    Beaumont and Fletcher at the top of their game. What a great tragedy.

  • David Loveland
    2018-11-20 16:31

    Beautiful language and a captivating tale. Almost Shakespearean in many respects. One of the greatest plays of the era.

  • Courtney
    2018-11-14 13:36

    Dunn, Esther CloudmanEight Famous Elizabethan PlaysIn compilation only.