Analysis Of ' Tis Pity She 's A Whore '

1890 Words Nov 12th, 2014 8 Pages
We admire disobedience and defiance in the face of the inevitable.

In “ ‘Tis pity she’s a whore” John Ford portrays a corrupt Parmesan society in which two siblings are defying the conventions of the world they are leaving in for a chance for their incesteus love to exist. From the beginning of the play Giovanni and Annabella’s love story line seems to be following the conventional formula, however we are constantly reminded that it is anything but alike conventional. Both protagonists are disobeying society’s conventions, going against morality, nature, religion and culture.

Throughout the play Ford is constantly keeping the audience in a state of confusion and uncertainty of weather we sympathies with the tragic lovers or we are disgusted by the incesteus nature of their relationship: “O, Annabella, I am quite undone: the love of thee, my sister, and the view of thy immortal beauty hath untuned all harmony both of my rest and life”. Ford uses the conventional love language and imagery, which for a moment tempts the audience to disregard the unnaturalness of their love and apply the conventional innocence of two lovers on it: “On my knees, brother, even by our mother’s dust, I charge you, do not betray me to your mirth or hate; love me or kill me, brother.”-Annabella and Giovanni announce their love to the audience giving wedding-like vows to each other, however the audience cannot overlook that Giovanni and Annabella demonstrate the awareness of the forbidden nature of…
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