The play Arden of Faversham follows the Renaissance genre of tragedy, yet it focuses on the domestic sphere in the unconventional setting of Arden and Alice’s home, rather than the courtly setting of most tragedies written in the Elizabethan period, in the realm of nobility. While most tragedies following this genre concern themselves with the authority of those in the noble court, Arden of Faversham’s primary concern is with the authority within their own home. As theatre began shifting away from
Arden of Faversham, an anonymous play thought to be a collaboration between prominent Early Modern playwrights, is based on Hollinshed’s account of “a gentleman named Arden most cruelly murdered and slain by the procurement of his own wife” in Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (Arden, “Appendix” 113). Even though Hollinshed is giving an account of what happened thirty years ago, in a society so concerned with possession of land, by using familiar tropes such as class anxiety and social
The “household” in Richard III and Arden of Faversham: Mosby and the duke of Gloucester’s struggle for power Table of contents 1. Introduction: the concept of household and the overthrown of established authority in the plays Richard III and Arden of Faversham..............................3 2. Reasons to overcome the established power......................................................3 3. Strategies to overthrow the status quo 3.1. Lies and deceit..........................
Most available studies on Arden of Faversham (AOF) have explored its historical and cultural contexts. Few have investigated its economic setting, and even fewer the anonymous writer’s employment of animal imagery, leaving such details of the text under-assessed, and the interconnectivity between the two unexamined. Given that the play attempts to portray the real historical event of Thomas Arden’s murder in Faversham, Kent, in 1551, its rootedness in the Renaissance period’s departure from aristocracy
Women in Renaissance Tragedy A Mirror of Masculine Society *No Works Cited The life of Renaissance women was not one that was conducive to independence, or much else, outside of their obligations to her husband and the running of the household in general. Women, viewed as property in Renaissance culture, were valued for their class, position, and the wealth (or lack thereof) that they would bring into a marriage. This being said, the role of women in the literature of the day reflects the cultural
Anne demanded the people take a look and watch as Gloucester's attendance caused Henry IV to bleed out (9). Another account of cruentation during the Elizabethan period, the wife of Arden of Faversham murdered her husband and confessed that when she speaks his name, he bleeds more (8-9). Also in the hometown of Arden, a man murdered his own mother but claimed her death was caused by the plague but his brother did not believe him and demanded the body be brought forth upon his accused brother and
Janelle Owusu Dr. Wood LMC 3228 30 November 2017 Shakespeare Term Essay Gender is one of the most prevalent themes in William Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night. In Twelfth Night, the play is based on Viola, a twin who gets separated away from her brother in a shipwreck. To find work, Viola undertakes the disguise of Cesario, a young male who wants to work in the household of Duke Orsino. Orsino has been personally dealing with the love he feels for Lady Olivia, who refuses to entertain any man