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The Mandrake: Niccolò Machiavelli: The Art of War and other writings: Castracani of Lucca () and The Mandrake (; La Mandragola). The former is a. An Audience With Machiavelli: The Mandrake Root & The Prince. By Niccolo Machiavelli and Rachel Hogan. Directed by Rachel Hogan. The Significance of Luecrezia in. Machiavelli’s La Mandragola. Susan Behtntak. Lorng. The “fall” of Lucrezia in Machiavelli’s play La Mandragola is a puzzlement .

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Here is my report. Tantalized by the description of her beauty, Callimaco forfeits his lovely life in France and goes to Italy because he wants to have sex with Lucrezia.

However, Callimaco knows Lucrezia and her husband are childless and want a child very badly, and intends to exploit that. He hires a cunning and connected man, Ligurio to help devise a scheme so that Callimaco can sleep with Lucrezia. That plan is that Callimaco will pretend to be a doctor who can cure infertility with a magic potion using a mandrake root. So they need to find an unsuspecting other man to have sex with ths to take the poison.

Despite the corruption and stupidity of all of the characters involved in the scheme, there is a strangely happy ending. In essence, he threatens her, telling that she can either be his lover with no stigma, or be stigmatized if she refuses.

The surprise ending is that she enjoys having sex with Callimaco because of his great body and consents to continuing the affair. She experiences sex with another nubile person for that first time, hte much prefers that than kandrake with her old husband. The friar and Ligurio the schemer all receive handsome kickbacks for perpetuating the plan. The Florentine people ultimately submit to corruption along with church and state.

It is difficult for me to ascertain whether Machiavelli is saying that intending to rape is okay if the perpetrator is more attractive and a better lover than the victim would get otherwise. So, she is not raped, even though he intended to do that. Or is it on the contrary a bitter sketch of corruption and exploitation, a horrible glimpse into the nature of man and the relations of men and women? Or could it machiavlli be seen instead as a strange sort of head-long romp through a crumbling world, written by an author who seems to thf at every single thing that exists under the sun?

Or do you perhaps find it a compassionate portrait of struggling humanity? Miles directed a production of the play in with Theater Schmeater and decided on this particular play because of how angry it made her. According to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: It is more or less a rape joke.

A lecherous young man makes the most of an infinitely corrupt social system in order to have sex with a married woman — against mxndrake express wishes. Miles says the play really angered her. And then, also, I find it so funny. She changes the sexes of two characters. The production also combined the contemporary and classic eras.


I believe a worthwhile production of The Mandrake today will have to include feminist perspectives and audience interaction where the play stops at a few different points, and the audience is asked to judge what they see as right or wrong.

The audience then must be prodded perhaps by a clown or a funny character to judge how an instance in the play would be perceived today in our times. I would go so far as to propose a production where a cast and set of the16th century is juxtaposed alongside a cast and set of college students in fraternity and sorority houses. Scenes from each era will interweave or happen as split scenes.

Audiences loved them, popes and princes requested performances in their courts, and scholars and contemporaries praised his work. La Mandragola alternate name for Mandrake was considered the best comedy of the Italian Renaissance. His dramatic works can be seen as a continuation of his political thinking and civic education to a new audience. Machiavelli was actually in political exile when writing this play and other comedies, because he was suspected of assassination attempts on members of the Medici family in Florence.

Banned as a political theorist, he stooped to writing comedies. From this intertextuality, the idea of a corrupt and fallen Renaissance Florence is compared with ancient, republican Rome. Achieving its height of civilization was a process. In its beginnings, there was fratricide—Romulus killed Remus— it took time before the city developed into an empire and republic.

The story or myth of The Rape of Lucretia has been rewritten, retold, and reshaped by many writers and artists over the course of history. Perhaps the earliest surviving account of the story is that a group of Roman noblemen in the year of during the siege of the city of Ardea were boasting about the virtues of their wives.

Collatinus insists that his wife Lucretia surpasses the wives of his friends.

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Kachiavelli proposes they ride back to Rome for an unexpected visit to check on their wives. When the household is asleep, he goes to her room with a sword. At first, he attempts to seduce her, and says he will mary her and make her his queen. Lucretia submits to the rape, afraid of this disgrace. The next morning, Lucretia summons her father and mwndrake by messenger.

She tells each of them to come with a trusted friend. She tells them what happened, and asks them to avenge her rape. She then kills herself by stabbing herself in her breast with a knife.

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Brutus and Collatinus are installed as the first consuls of the Roman Republic. Some of the refashionings of the myth include parodies and jokes about the Rape of Lucretia. Such versions over time reflect growing discomfort with the darknes in this story. The original story has Lucretia being devoted and faithful.

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In redactions, it is this trait that is spoofed. In one version, she is indifferent or hostile toward her husband, who is unremarkable and unheroic. In another version, she has other lovers or even feels a lingering fondness for her rapist. Parodies, while sometimes intending to be well-meaning may be destructive when they reinforce stereotypes.

The inversions tye the myth parodying Lucretia make her a whore, and in original tragic versions make her a saint. Both views are not as far apart as they seem.

Both are products of male thinking; both present women according to popular stereotype. A veneration and contempt for women are often closely allied, opposite sides of the same mandrale. Joking about the myth may be one way of criticizing it; yet it may also be covertly sustaining.

Shortly after Rome was founded by Romulus in the BCs, the first generation of Roman men acquired wives from the neighboring town of Sabine families. The men abducted the Sabine women during a festival. When Romulus gave a signal, the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. According to Livy, sexual assault did not take place.

Romulus spoke to each of the women in person mzndrake implored them to accept Roman husbands. The women were given a choice and machiavellii promised civic and property rights. They would be mothers of free men. There were no marble theaters then, no tented awnings, no platform red with saffron spray.

However, the concept outpaced actual practice. Finally, I will talk about the name mandrake. The mandrake, or mandrake root, or mandragola, or man-dragon, is a poisonous hallucinogenic plant of the nightshade family. Alchemists and herbalists believed it to machhiavelli magical qualities and used it for superstitious uses.

Supposedly, the root resembles a fetus and when pulled from jandrake, the plant machiaevlli. WIth all that follows. Did you not know that? I find this reading unfounded and narrow.

Machiavelli lambasts the men in the play, and makes a woman the only person, for at least most of the play, with virtue. You are commenting using your WordPress.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me machiavleli new comments via email. The rape of Lucretia led to the founding of the republic of Rome.

In Waiting for Godot the mandrake also makes an appearance. What about hanging ourselves? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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