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by Thomas Middleton

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Art and Nature in Women Beware Women
“It has often been observed that during the course of the play, Middleton’s Women Beware Women appears to undergo something of a genre shift. It begins very much in the vein of a domestic tragedy, with a tight-knit, bourgeois family group discussing their concerns about money, work, and the suitability or otherwise of a recently contracted marriage alliance – Inga-Stina Ewbank comments that ‘the themes of the play are the favourite domestic and social ones of love, money and class’. By the end, it has been transformed almost beyond recognition: the two most obviously middle-class of the characters, Leantio and his mother, have both disappeared from the story, one of them dead and the other simply forgotten about, and the domestic setting has given place to a courtly one, where the most elaborate of elite entertainments, complete with complex special effects and arcane mythological and allegorical resonances, rounds off the play with a spectacularly artificial finale.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Lisa Hopkins
From: Renaissance Forum: An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies September 1996; vol. 1 no. 2

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