Vol. 4, Issue 12 (2017)
The evaluation art of Webster as a dramatist
Author(s): B Suganthi, T Poornima, R Krishnaveni
Abstract: Webster is one of the greatest dramatists in the Post- Elizabethan period and his place is among the tragedy writers of the Elizabethan Age. The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, in these two tragedies, he reveals himself as great dramatist, and his power to grip the imagination by subtle suggestions. Both these plays present a study in revenge-a subject dear to the heart of the Elizabethan dramatists. Webster used psychological approach to characters, pessimism, satirical intent and humanity in sense of pathos in his plays. That plays are value of men and women have been plunged into and also struggled against wickedness have been the object of his study. Webster’s reputation rests on The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi. Opinions differ as to which is the better. The Duchess of Malfi would probably be if votes were taken but for freshness and intensity of passion the white devil could be regarded as Webster’s masterpiece.