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Tis Pity She's a Whore: Sex

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Transcript of Tis Pity She's a Whore: Sex

Tis Pity She's a Whore:
Sex
John Ford
"Death waits on thy lust."
Friar, Act1 Scene 1
Establishes from the very beginning that such lust is wrong and condemned by the Church. Suggests that punishment awaits if Giovanni commits sin = handed a moral decision from the offset of the play.
Foreshadows events of the play consequential of such lust - parallels drawn between first
scene and last scene = constant moral overview.
Church was hugely influential in Protestant Caroline society/Catholic Italian Renaissance society (despite growing humanism). Church's power reflective in Friar's warning of death -ultimate punishment (-> hell).
"the leprosy of lust that rots thy soul."
Friar, Act 1 Scene 1
Sex = destructive, degenerate, ruins people, condemns the soul.
Church's view of uncontrolled lust/females engaging in premarital sex/Giovanni's incestuous lust. Sex takes away from people focusing on devotion to god/church/prayer/religion i.e. saving their soul by getting to heaven.
"some privy maim"
"take a husband as he is a...naked man: such a one is for your bed, and such a one is Signor Soranzo"
Putana, Act 1 Scene 2
Uses sex to persuade Annabella which suitor to choose.
Implies the importance of sex to women, even to virgins such as Annabella = suggests that sex is powerful, hence why women are condemned engaging in it before marriage. Control by religion/Church in a patriarchal society.
Importance of sex attributed to women = continues theme of sex -> women's downfall in the play/their weakness which is exploited (Vasques, Giovanni) as they value sex > morality/societal conduct etc.
"Women associated with dangerous sexual passions are controlled through the mutilation of their bodies."
Lomax
Women commanding their sexuality threatens patriarchy = punished.
"I have too long suppressed the hidden flames that have almost consumed me."
Giovanni, Act 1 Scene 2
Acknowledgment that his lust is wrong but he cannot resist admitting it at least.
Fire imagery = destructive, all-consuming power of sex
"Be proud to know that yielding thou hast conquered, and inflamed a heart whose tribute is thy brother's life."
Giovanni, Act 2 Scene 1
Implies that Giovanni lusts, not loves her - values sex with her as helping HIM live.
Giovanni manipulated Annabella, "yielded" = open to forces of coercion/persuasion etc. "Conquered" objectifies Annabella.
"these stol'n contents"
Annabella, Act 2 Scene 1
Forbidden love - incest
"I marvel why the chaster of your sex should think this pretty toy called maidenhead so strange a loss...tis noting, and you are still the same."
Giovanni, Act 2 Scene 1
Dismisses virginity/Annabella's feelings following losing it.
Disregard for society's beliefs in which female's virginity was prized - condemnation for premarital sex. Also indicates that his objective was to have sex with Annabella as he does not care for her feelings, telling her, "You must be married, mistress."
Women and Sex
Sex and Sin
Sex = power
Attitudes to sex
"what a paradise of joy have I passed under!"
Annabella, Act 2 Scene 1
"I would not change this minute for Elysium."
Giovanni, Act 1 Scene 2
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