Irony In Tamburlaine

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The foolish king becomes a subject for laughter for his ironical thundering speech. The same irony can be noticed in Cosroe’s alliance with Tamburlaine. After they have defeated Mycetes, Tamburlaine challenges Cosroe. The newly crowned king of Persia responds:
“What means this devilish shepherd to aspire
With such a giantly presumption,
To cast up hills against the face of heaven,
And dare the force of angry Jupiter?
But as he thrust them underneath the hills,
And pressed out fire from their burning jaws,
So will I send this monstrous slave to hell,
Where flames shall ever feed upon his soul.” (p.24)
However, Cosroe is defeated by Tamburlaine, just like Mycetes. Ironically, one of the reasons why Cosroe has wanted to dethrone his brother is
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In Tamburlaine, Part I, the denouement is Tamburlaine’s efforts to solve his domestic problems. He kidnapped Zenocrate and now he has to deal with the king of Arabia, the one who Zenocrate was promised to. Tamburlaine must also reconcile himself with her father, the Soldan of Egypt. In Act V, Tamburlaine attacks the city of Damascus, and in the following battle, the king of Arabia is killed. Therefore, his threat to Tamburlaine is ended. Tamburlaine conquers the city and the Soldan, who, discovering that Tamburlaine has used his daughter chastely, extends his blessing: “I yield with thanks and protestations / Of endless honor to thee for her love.” (p.61) Now Tamburlaine controls everything and the play closes with his preparations to marry Zenocrate. The irony lies in Tamburlaine’s speech near the conclusion of the play. While in Tamburlaine’s captivity, Bajazeth and his empress Zabina commit suicide. When Tamburlaine finds about their deaths, he…show more content…
And such are objects fit for Tamburlaine,
Wherein, as in a mirror, may be seen
His honor, that consists in shedding blood
When men presume to manage arms with him.” (p.28)
Tamburlaine says that the deaths of Zabina and Bajazeth are mirrors that reflect his honour, much to his please. Their deaths reflect more honour on themselves than on Tamburlaine. Earlier in Act V, Tamburlaine, when attacking a city, has ordered the deaths of four virgins sent to him to plead for Damascus. This is his habit to give a city that he attacks two days to decide to surrender. On the third day, if no surrender is coming, he destroys the city. On the third day of the siege of Damascus, the four virgins are sent out in hopes that their innocence can persuade Tamburlaine to spare the city. He asks them what they see on the point of his sword and, when they answer that they see fear and steel, Tamburlaine says,
“Your fearful minds are thick and misty then,
For there sit Death; there sits imperious Death,
Keeping his circuit by the slicing edge.
But I am pleased you shall not see him
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