The Question and Answer section for The Duchess of Malfi is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
THe Duchess of Malfi is essentially a revenge play driven by melodrama. Check this out,
Ferdinand has an unhealthy obsession with his sister. I don't know how much of a running theme this is but it might speak the idea of higher classes wanting to mix or couple with the people of close social and familial standing.
At the opening of the play, the Duchess of Malfi, sister to the Cardinal and twin sister to Ferdinand, has just been widowed in her youth. Though she promises her domineering brothers that she won’t remarry, she almost immediately proposes to...