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Edward II

It depends entirely how you define tragedy.In the Elizabethan sense, you'll notice that criticism as a whole doesn't distinguish very clearly between "histories" and...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2008, 3:46 am (UTC)

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Edward II ascended to the throne of England in 1307 following the death of his father, King Edward I (Edward Longshanks). Known as Edward of Carnarvon, the second King Edward proved to be a weak...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Edward II is a Renaissance play. It was written by Christopher Marlowe around 1593 (some debate about this). The play chronicles the life and reign of Edward II of England. Edward ruled England...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2010, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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Blank verse is generally defined as unrhymed verse written in iambic pentameter. In fact, blank verse is not limited to unrhymed verse written in iambic pentameter but can be unrhymed verse written...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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Queen Isabella in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II is a complex and at times inconsistent character. Married to Edward II at the early age of 12, she was never far from the political intrigues...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015, 12:10 am (UTC)

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The play portrays Edward very much as a weak, lax, self-indulgent king interested only in the pursuit of pleasure with his beloved Galveston, wholly neglecting affairs of governance. Not...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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Kings are expected to be powerful figures, exuding authority and gravitas, bringing great glory to themselves and their kingdoms. Yet at the same time their immense power and wealth can just as...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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The dominant theme of Edward II is the theme of many of Marlowe's (and Shakespeare's) histories: the will to power and, ultimately, the corruption inherent in power. Edward isn't thwarted and...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2008, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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Christopher Marlowe’s play Edward II can be (and has been) read as a satirical work in a number of different ways. Various analysts emphasize different kinds of satire in the play, including the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 1:09 pm (UTC)

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Christopher Marlowe's Edward II—one of the earliest known English history plays—was first performed around 1590, near the end of Marlowe’s short but eventful life (1564–1593). At the opening of the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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One way to discuss the “irony of kingship” in Christopher Marlowe’s play Edward II is to focus on the ways in which Edward himself falls short of Renaissance ideals of a good king. Edward, in...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012, 10:17 am (UTC)

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Edward's relationship with his favorite Gaveston can be described as more than just platonic. There are clear sexual overtones here, as we can see in the following lines from the play's opening...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019, 8:50 am (UTC)

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The first thing to notice about the style in this opening scene is the use of blank verse for dialogue between the characters. Blank verse, popularised by Marlowe, is unrhymed and the meter used is...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013, 8:35 pm (UTC)

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Yes. The main concern inthe play, is not the homosexuality; it is the diversion Gavston represents to the royalty. Edward's over involvement with Gaveston is a threat to the kingdom. Edward isn't...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2009, 9:41 am (UTC)

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First of all, we need to define the meaning of the word "Machiavellian." Machiavelli was a famous—or infamous—Italian political theorist during the Renaissance. In his masterwork The Prince, he...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Marlowe was no respecter of the status quo, and his plays reflect this. Modern scholars also believe he was gay, which likely drew him to the history of the unhappy Edward II, also presumed to be...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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This passage starting "Ay, ay" continues as follows: Ay, ay, these words of his move me as much, As if a Goose should play the Porpentine, And dart her plumes, thinking to pierce my breast, But...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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The study guide notes that Isabella of France, wife of Edward II, played "a small but vicious role in her husband's destruction." That may be true in Marlowe's play Edward II, but in...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2008, 12:28 am (UTC)

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Marlowe draws most of the death imagery in Edward II from the violent spectacle that was official execution in Tudor England. These public prosecutions, ritually carried out by the monarch, were...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019, 2:19 am (UTC)

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"Doomed" is a strong word, but Edward II certainly faced numerous difficulties from the beginning of his reign. The Crown had debts of around £200,000 (something like $200 million in today's...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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