Presentation On Middleton And Rowley's "The Changeling"

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Rowley was the dramatist with whom Middleton collaborated most frequently and intensively, their collaboration lasting for years and producing five plays, of which "The changeling" was last, licensed in 1622 and performed in 1624. When I was researching the play online I found lots of speculation over who wrote each scenes – it seems, generally speaking, to be accepted (although debateable) that Rowley wrote the beginning and end scenes, as well as the comic sub plot. Most criticism, until around the 1950s, said that the play didn’t work as a whole, and that the sub plot was weak and irrelevant. Swinburne wrote in 1886 that the sub plot was “very stupid, rather coarse and almost vulgar”. A later critic in the 1930s claimed that it could be “detached without much damage and the resulting tragedy would stand as one of the most compact and pitiless in this drama”. Part of the problem in reading the sub plot today is that we can’t share the Jacobean appreciation of the comic value of the mentally ill, and to a modern reader it seems distasteful. The sub plot does, however, serve to comment ironically on the central tragic action, providing a pointer for the significance in the main plot: The fools in the mad-house can be seen as grotesque parodies of the characters of the tragic plot. The quite obvious themes of madness in the minor plot serve to highlight the more subtle forms of insanity suggested in the tragic plot, and the sub plot, in general, parallels the main plot in several different ways. Isabella’s would-be wooers parallel Alonzo’s, Alsemero’s and De Flores relationship to Beatrice, De Flores’ success compared with Antonio and Franciscus’ failure and Alibius’s mental defect is his jealous paranoia which in turn is paralleled in Alsemero. The sub plot highlights that by being caught up gripped by passions and desires of lust, revenge and jealousy, the characters in the tragic plot are close to a kind of insanity themselves.With the tragic plot, although all the usual revenge conventions of disguise, madness, ghostly encounters, the bed-trick and so on are used, Middleton was apparently trying to create a new mode of drama distinct from the more heroic tragedy of his contemporaries. He does, to an extent, succeed in this and as a consequence The Changeling’s main plot is different from previous tragedies in its intensely psychological approach. The focus is not a conventional plot centred on bloodthirsty revenge (the avenger is hardly even in the action, and doesn’t even make an act of revenge), but instead it looks at the self-destructive process by which the human soul can be corrupted mainly through Beatrice Joanna and De Flores. The title of the play can provide an indication of this process. The old English dictionary definition of the word changeling differs from our own modern definition: “given to change, fickle or inconstant person or a person or thing...

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