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The Irony and Puns in the Changeling Reveal the Characters actions are prompted by an Individual Sexual Drive though they are often unconscious of the fact .- How far do you agree with this Review?

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  • Submitted: 18/03/2009
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"The Irony and Puns in the Changeling Reveal the Characters actions are prompted by an Individual Sexual Drive though they are often unconscious of the fact ."- How far do you agree with this Review?

Throughout 'The Changeling' Middleton and Rowley create characters that are driven by calculated sexual desire. Having no outlet for their passion causes our protagonists to unconsciously shift their frustration in the direction which may, to be euphemistic, provide relief. There is a duplicity to much of the dialogue and the exchanges which take place within the play and many literal meanings have bawdy undertones conveying the subconscious preoccupations of the central characters.

One area where individual sexual drive is evident is in the sphere of relationships where love and sexuality are often conflated. Alsemero speaks of love " as firm as love e'er built upon", the biological undertones of this reflect his attitude to Beatrice, as his love is founded upon a mere glimpse of her in the temple . Alsemero says "I love her beauties to the holy purpose" and this again is an affirmation of the physicality of his attraction to Beatrice. Beatrice's heightened awareness of this fact and the power

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