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The Duchess As a Very Impressive Woman in a Man's World The Duchess is obviously the central figure in the play and manages to dominate proceedings, despite the untouchable power of her brothers as well as the rigorously established patriarchal system in early-16th century Italy. She exhibits many admirably qualities, even though her courageous strength and passion could be considered threatening in a society that is senile. The Duchess is the only real female body with any type of power and respect from Webster's playwith. This is peculiar firstly, since he founded The Duchess Of Malfi to some version by William Painter where the Duchess was depicted as too lusty in an sternly moralistic fashion honourable as opposed to honourable. Also, though the Duchess is never referred to by her title, she's a really individual personality and, having no feminine equals, conducts herself quite well as a free spirit in a world of stifling constrictions. The Duchess exhibits her free will and nonchalance supporting her brothers' commanding nature by marrying Antonio no matter the opinions. In reaction to Ferdinand and the Cardinal's bitter diatribe against remarriage, the Duchess wittily reacts entirely unafraid, "I feel this speech between you both was studied, / It came so roundly off." Does she wed contrary to the principle of jealous men, but in addition, she marries someone she loves rather than using her body as a tool of trade as had been common with dads practically selling their wives for their husbands. The Duchess breaks the approved principles regarding channel as Antonio is a commoner and not a highly respected courtier, who had been worthy of getting the famil...