• ‘My bliss is mixed with bitter gall’: gross confections in Arden of Faversham

    Author(s):
    Yan Brailowsky (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare
    Subject(s):
    Literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    arden of faversham, poison
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/2tsa-rf30
    Abstract:
    What might strike some as Arden of Faversham’s faulty construction may perhaps be ascribed to the fact that Arden’s murderers, as well as the play’s audience, had to learn how to “temper poison” (i.229). Poison is not simply a means to commit murder, its use also requires great dexterity, one which must be interpreted within a historical and metatheatrical context. The ineffectual use of poison lays the foundation for what is to come: a play in which murder becomes a laughing matter.
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