The moment, which puts a fittingly sensationalistic point to the steamily incestuous relationship between Giovanni and Annabella
, is in no way reducible to the final extravagance of a decadent genre, revenge tragedy.
At the heart of it all is the unconventional love story between brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella
Ford's leading couple, siblings Giovanni and Annabella
, are in many ways an incestuous response to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but in Shakespeare's play the love between the two represents the possible deliverance of Verona from the civil strife of feuding families--an end that is tragically realized by the couple's death.
30) When Giovanni and Annabella
discover their mutual affection, they do so in their father's hall.
In sharp contrast, Giovanni and Annabella
, the incestuous siblings of Ford's play, unapologetically affirm their kinship ties.
Certainly Giovanni and Annabella
literally do share one womb, one flesh, one blood, yet the literal presence of the "abstract" expressions of the Christian tradition in the bodies of the brother and sister does not by extension make "carnal" love justifiable.
Elsewhere the influence of Othello is traceable in the characterization of Bergetto and Vasques and, with greater significance for the play as a whole, of Giovanni and Annabella
IN John Ford's play 'Tis Pity She's A Whore published in 1633) a brother and sister, Giovanni and Annabella
, fall in love with each other and embark on an incestuous affair.
First, I have already suggested elsewhere that 'Tis Pity's representation of Giovanni and Annabella
shares something of the spirit of Digby's enquiry into folie d deux.
Giovanni and Annabella
are gone indeed, and the audience of the Blackfriars was left with the impact of a shocking ending that inspires not the Prince's solemn eulogy for "Juliet and her Romeo," but the Cardinal's dismissive condemnation that Ford made the title of his play.
In each case, the relationship is a forbidden, indeed an unthinkable one - Giovanni and Annabella
are brother and sister, Richard is the murderer of Lady Anne's first husband.
Throughout the first scene, Giovanni and Annabella
embodied Coeffeteau's description of a relationship that is "one soul in two bodies" by mirroring one another's gestures and actions.