'Tis Pity She's a Whore Analysis

John Ford

Historical Context

(Drama for Students)

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When Ford's drama is read, there is frequently the suspicion that the playwright is exaggerating, that no society could be as unstable and...

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Literary Style

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Revenge Tragedy
As the name implies, a Revenge Tragedy is a play in which desire for revenge results in tragedy. Made...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Sources
Cantor, Paul A. "John Ford" in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 58: Jacobean and...

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Bibliography

(Great Characters in Literature)

Bradbrook, M. C. Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1960. Argues that Ford deals with a single subject, a personal human love, and that T. S. Eliot is quite mistaken in stating that the relationship between Giovanni and Annabella is only carnal.

Eliot, T. S. Essays on Elizabethan Drama. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1960. Eliot asserts that the two lovers have nothing except a physical relationship. Eliot’s influential criticism is often a starting point for later critics, and so needs to be read as a reference.

Ellis-Fermor, Una Mary. The Jacobean Drama: An Interpretation. New York: Vintage Books, 1964. Argues the importance of aristocratic virtues to Ford, including courage, chivalry, and chastity, with chastity being the greatest of those virtues. Index.

Ornstein, Robert. The Moral Vision of Jacobean Tragedy. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1965. The chapter on Ford’s plays is excellent. Argues that only the most ethically dogmatic should be offended by this play.

Compare and Contrast

(Drama for Students)

1633: The wealthy have more access to official outlets of justice like the law courts than the poor. Wealth is no guarantee...

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Topics for Further Study

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Ford's play can be read as a commentary on the corruption of the court and courtiers of his time. Analyze the play's themes and characters in...

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Media Adaptations

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The 1973 film version by Giuseppe Patrone Griffi, released by London's Miracle Films, stars Oliver Tobias. While not an entirely faithful...

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What Do I Read Next?

(Drama for Students)

Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus (1594) tells the tragic tale of a gifted man who rejects social and moral...

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