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Dragons on the Jacobean Stage
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2014, Pages: 173-186
Received: Aug. 27, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 11, 2014; Published: Sep. 20, 2014
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Shokhan Rasool Ahmed, English Department, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani-Kurdistan, Iraq
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This paper investigates a mixture of plays both Elizabethan (Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (1594) and Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (1588-92)), and Jacobean (Barne’s The Devil’s Charter (1607) and Rowley’s The Birth of Merlin (1622)). These plays stage supernatural entities such as male witches, magicians and dragons. What binds all these plays together is having dragon(s) controlled by a magician. It is important to investigate the stage directions of the dragons in making their exits and entrances, what role they have in the plays, and how they affect the character of the drama. This study examines some sorcerer plays with special concentration on the character of the sorcerers, looking at the kinds of rituals and magic they make. Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Barnes’s Alexander VI, and Rowley’s Merlin are male magicians and, each has a different role, being assisted by spirits or devils. I will investigate their role in each play and how they relate to witchcraft.
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Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Barnabe Barne’s The Devil’s Charter, Rowley’s The Birth of Merlin
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Shokhan Rasool Ahmed, Dragons on the Jacobean Stage, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 173-186. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20140205.15
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