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With particular reference to the nobles discuss whether Marlowe creates heroes or villains in the play

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With particular reference to the nobles discuss whether Marlowe creates heroes or villains in the play. Marlowe introduces each character in a way so the audience develops and immediate sympathy or liking or disliking towards and then changes the character or develops them in such a way that the audience changes there original opinion of them. Marlowe does this in order to illustrate the sense of human nature and how it is impossible to be live up to a single label. By doing so Marlowe is able to depict realistic characters that as result do not possess either perfect heroism or completely wicked traits. Edward at first seems the most likely hero in the play as it is him the play is centred around and him it is named after. Nevertheless Marlowe defies every clich� of the word 'hero' by portraying him as adulterous, homosexual, frivolous, hedonistic and irresponsible and therefore it is not appropriate to suggest he is a 'hero' yet nevertheless despite these flaws and initial hesitations the audience ends by accepting Edward as the hero of the play. ...read more.

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So much so she insists of the repeal of Gaveston for the sake of her husbands happiness and it is this sacrifice which makes her seem heroic especially in comparison to Edward who at this point seems completely selfish. Nevertheless because of Edwards brutal murder and that it is in fact because of Isabella she ends the play with no sympathy at all and is seen as the villainous besides Mortimer Junior. This is also because although the main reason for Isabella's behaviour is for the sake of her son. Nevertheless despite the extent with which her motherly love goes to allowing her to murder- all of this justification is lost when it is contradicted by the fact that Edward the 3rd him self decides to punish his mother. Unlike his mother and despite his love for her he is able to identify between right and wrong and make decisions which will benefit the realm and not just himself. In this sense he possesses the right sense of judgement and is able to make heroic and sacrificial decisions. ...read more.

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The Nobles are a group in which no real individual apart from Mortimer Junior comes forward and because of this the audience can only seem them as being pathetic and un-heroic despite their claims that what they are doing is for England's sake. Despite this the audience is aware that all they have are bad intentions and therefore they are the ultimate villains in the play out to get Edward from the start and are spearheaded by Mortimer Junior. Nevertheless they are unable to support him when he is ordered to be executed because ultimately they lack any heroism and are cowards. Marlowe is able to involve his audience in such an intense way by consistently causing them to change their view of the characters involved. This allows the audience to experience the same feelings as though they were a part of the play itself. This additionally allows Marlowe to express his point of the fleeting nature of man and how difficult it is to identify a person. Nevertheless ultimately Marlowe is able to show the audience that there is no such thing a hero. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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