This study aims to analyse the representation of witchcraft in the Jacobean context within the framework of a Jacobean play, namely John Marston’s The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba (1606). Written during a patriarchal period when the misogynistic emperor James I reigns over England and when women are regarded to be biologically and intellectually inferior to men, Sophonisba represents the misogynist mind-set in that the witch in the play is a woman, and she possesses the negative features conventionally associated with the witches at the time. In this respect, this paper argues that Marston’s work reinforces the stereotypical witch image and thereby perpetuates the misogynist thought.
John Marston, Sophonisba, witchcraft, misogyny, Jacobean age
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