Evaluate whether these complainers are born malcontents
whose personalities are that way no matter what the environment; or whether a different, more positive environment would result in a behavioral change.
They are generally good editions, albeit not always up to date with the most recent work, but acknowledgements of their textual contingency are only intermittent: Ryan has an acute sense of how editorial practice can affect the interpretation of The Malcontent
, and Clare's account of the play's possible censorship is useful on the variants between (and even within) the three early issues; but nobody writing about The Insatiate Countess here seems to have endured even one sleepless night over its quagmire of textual problems.
For a dramatist with at least three canonically important works (The Dutch Courtesan, The Malcontent
, and Antonio's Revenge) contemporary critics have been especially chary of addressing John Marston's plays.
The six-foot McTeer left us breathless as the vivacious single mom in Tumbleweeds, a hyperkinetic Nora in an imported London stage version of A Doll's House, and a malcontent
hausfrau in The King Is Alive.
3) The Malcontent
(1603), however, despite its status as Marston's best known play, has received virtually no attention along these lines; rather, critics have generally focused on its brilliant exploration of role-play and its closely-related doubleness of theme, mood, and structure.
Plays discussed include Lyly's Endymion, Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, Marston's The Malcontent
, Middleton's Michaelmas Term, Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Shirley's The Lady of Ple asure, and Brome's A Jovial Crew.
The dictionary defines a malcontent
as a person "dissatisfied with the existing government, administration, system, etc.
English dramatist, one of the most vigorous satirists of the Shakespearean era, whose best-known work is The Malcontent
(1604), in which he rails at the iniquities of a lascivious court.
However, McKay's malcontent
is exiled and disgraced within a "cultured hell"; he is not thrown out, but contained.
An inconsistent and dissolute malcontent
, he nevertheless showed considerable ability as a commander and administrator.
In his best work, The Malcontent
(1604) and The Dutch Courtezan, his satiric power is couched in a dramatic structure that, if not extraordinary, is at least adequate.