Sharing A Tagline with The Duchess of Malfi

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tagline.”

In the play by John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, we are immediately met with a gaggle of characters who give us descriptions of The Duchess, and her brothers. Her brothers are foul human beings, who do anything they can to cause misery in the lives of others, for profit and self gain, and also just for the hell of it. Her brother Ferdinand is perhaps truly mentally ill, as he at one point in the play claims to have Lycanthropy, aka, he’s a werewolf. Now if that doesn’t make you want to read literature written in the early 15/1600s, I don’t know what will.

Anyhow, when it comes to thinking of what my “tagline” would be, I am always drawn back to the scene where the love interest of the Duchess, Antonio, is describing the entire family. He describes her brothers in the obligatory “oh my gosh they are so terrible” passage, but then goes on to describe her, and how different she is from them, how much better she is. She is set apart, she is fresh and new and inviting.

And then he says this:

She stains the time past, lights the time to come. 

I was floored by that line. To describe a woman like that, means that she is WORTHY of that description. She is ingrained on the memory, she changes a room when she walks in. Once you meet her you will always think back upon her, and your future is filled with the possibility of meeting her again.

The play went on to show all the ways in which the Duchess lives up to her glorious reputation, and I remember loving her and her tragic story.

I embraced the line for myself from then on, because I deeply identified as that fierce, beautiful woman who has an intelligence and spirit that can’t be put out, that is a flame constantly burning, a light always shining.

It’s hard to always love yourself when you are so different, but it’s worth it.

That’s my tagline–what’s yours?

Share in the comments!

Remember: let your light shine, and don’t let anyone try to hold you back from your dreams.

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