Examples Of Hyperbolical Protestation In Tamburlaine

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The wish-fulfilment images find their most appropriate and characteristic form of expression in Tamburlaine’s hyperbolical protestations.
“For I, the chiefest lamp of all the earth,
First rising in the east with mild aspect.
But fixed now in the meridian line,
Will send up fire to your turning spheres,
And cause the sun to borrow light of you;” (p.44)
This is a form of expression which Marlowe nowhere else uses as often as in this play. Marlowe can use imagery to differentiate his characters, for example, Bajazeth’s speeches contain images from the underworld and are full of monsters and darkness,
“… sacrifice my heart to death and hell,
Before I yield to such a slavery.” (p.43)
”Then, as I look down to the damned fiends,
Fiends, look on me!
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Tamburlaine often begins a speech by addressing some other person, but within a few lines is talking about himself. According to Clemen, this practice of disregarding the other participant in a dialogue finds its dramatic justification in Tamburlaine in the nature of the protagonist because he has eyes for himself alone. Tamburlaine was considered to be a one-man play because each of Tamburlaine’s own speeches and those of his admirers or his defeated adversaries have the same purpose: to explore and to exhibit the nature of the qualities the historical Timur seemed to illustrate. This happens even in the “conversion speeches.” When Theridamas takes the field against him with a large army and appears before him to talk to him, Tamburlaine succeeds by the persuasive power of his words in shaking his loyalty to his king and attracting him over to his…show more content…
And neither Perseans Soveraign, nor the Turk
Troubled my sences with conceit of foile,
So much by much, as dooth Zenocrate
What is beauty, saith my sufferings then?” (pp.55-6)
The praise on Zenocrate shows close affinities with Elizabethan poetic conventions in its structure, in the repetition of the metrically regular lines in which Zenocrate’s name is introduced, and in its imagery. It is a highly lyrical description– it opens with references to nature’s participation in Tamburlaine’s feelings, “watery cheeks,” aire, earth and goes on to speak of Zenocrate’s imminent death. It ends with five parallel visions which show the loving sympathy and grief of the angels, of the heavenly bodies, of nature, and of God.
“Eies when that Ebena steps to heaven,
In silence of thy solemn Evenings walk,
Making the mantle of the richest night,
The Moone, the Planets, and the Meteors light.” (p.56) These examples show the way in which lyrical forms could be absorbed by the drama and that Marlowe the playwright is inseparable from Marlowe the

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