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How does the theme of death compare and contrast in  Edward ll by Christopher Marlowe...

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nino123 | eNoter

Posted May 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM via web

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How does the theme of death compare and contrast in  Edward ll by Christopher Marlowe and The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton.

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currerbell | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In Edward II, both Mortimer, Jr. and Mortimer, Sr. have Edward I swear on his deathbed that under no circumstances will Gaveston be allowed to return. The king agrees, as he realizes Gaveston's return will prevent his son from ruling England as it needs to be ruled. His death, and the promise he makes prior, is just. 

In The Revenger's Tragedy, the Duke is a horrible person, a lecher, whose decisions are governed by his own desires rather than by any sense of right and wrong. When the Duke dies, it is sort of poetic justice. He gets what he so richly deserves. 

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nino123 | eNoter

Posted May 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM (Answer #2)

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In Edward II, both Mortimer, Jr. and Mortimer, Sr. have Edward I swear on his deathbed that under no circumstances will Gaveston be allowed to return. The king agrees, as he realizes Gaveston's return will prevent his son from ruling England as it needs to be ruled. His death, and the promise he makes prior, is just. 

In The Revenger's Tragedy, the Duke is a horrible person, a lecher, whose decisions are governed by his own desires rather than by any sense of right and wrong. When the Duke dies, it is sort of poetic justice. He gets what he so richly deserves. 

I would appreciate if you could please make points from throughout the plays rather than a specific part. Thank you

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