Theme of madness in The Duchess of Malfi?

Theme of madness in The Duchess of Malfi?

Theme of madness in The Duchess of Malfi?

Theme of madness in The Duchess of Malfi?

In the play ‘The Duchess of malfi’ by Joh Webster, the author touches upon many themes including reality v unreality, identity, appearances, deception and insanity. The Duchess is subjected to a tirade of insane comments and treatments, yet is clearly not mad. Ferdinad’s main problem is anger (we would could it ‘road rage’ or ‘anger management issues now’) He goes crazy when he hears of the birth of the Duchess’s child, driven demented by his anger and need to punish. he considers her so flawed that he wants to burn her and the child and let not even their smoke rise to the heavens. Then he subjects her to witnessing the horrors of madness in the hope that she will turn against God. it is he that is mad.
Theme of madness in The Duchess of Malfi?