Tragedy at court: an analysis of the relationship between jealousy, honour, revenge and in John Ford's Love's Sacrifice and Lope de Vega's Punishment Without Revenge

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2013
Aydoğdu, Merve
The aim of this study is to demonstrate the destructive effects of infidelity in the old-aged husband-the young wife marriages which end up with tragedy. In John Ford’s Love’s Sacrifice (1633) and Lope de Vega’s Punishment Without Revenge (1631), tragedy turns out to be the inevitable consequence of the plays since the motives of jealousy, honour, revenge and love converge and lead people to commit sinful crimes. Within this scope, the first chapter of the thesis is devoted to the historical information about the state of English and Spanish theatres together with the biographies of the playwrights. In the second chapter, the tripartite relationship between jealousy, revenge, and honour is dealt with based upon examples from the primary sources in a historical framework. The reasons and results of these themes are studied through the characters in the plays. The third chapter covers the theme of love, its history and its influence on characters. In this chapter, the nature of love between the characters and its consequences are examined. The conclusion asserts that the old-aged husband and the young wife create a mismatched union and accompanied with the motives of honour, jealousy and revenge, the institution of marriage breeds tragic consequences. The analysis of the above mentioned themes is based on a historical context and it is also concluded that although Love’s Sacrifice (1633) and Punishment Without Revenge (1631) belong to the Renaissance age, both plays bear the influences of the Greco-Roman drama tradition. Thus, the similarities and differences between classical and Renaissance tragedy are demonstrated.
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M. Aydoğdu, “Tragedy at court: an analysis of the relationship between jealousy, honour, revenge and in John Ford’s Love’s Sacrifice and Lope de Vega’s Punishment Without Revenge ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.