MS. SAPNA SHARMA
DEPT. OF ENGLISH
K R MANGALAM UNIVERSITY
Written in the lines of revenge plays, The Duchess of Malfi shows the artist and his research for moral quest in this dark world. The play itself is every inch dark. It is enacted on the stage with bloody clouds of death cast over it.The Duchess plays the chief protagonist in the play. The titling of the play after her name makes her character altogether more important. It is her tragedy that makes the central theme of the play. All other characters are there because she is there. She is one of those few characters in the annals of English Drama who live as well as die for certain values. She stands out as a character which is symbolic of purity, dignity, innocence and independence. She is an embodiment of grace and charm. Throughout the action of the play, she displays a rare sense of purpose and a will to face her death undaunted. The duchess can also be called modern women using the word ‘modern’ in English sense. She is one who is gifted with a meaningful awareness. Whereas she is aware of her duties, she is also aware of her rights. And it is for her rights that she gives her life and that of her children, fighting. Her tragedy can be attributed to her fruitful awareness. The play shows the artist and his research for moral quest in this dark world. The play itself is every inch dark. It is enacted on the stage with bloody clouds of death cast over it.
Key Words: Revenge, dark, grace, charm, innocence