Tamburlaine the Great

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In the play Tamburlaine the Great, Tamburlaine is portrayed as a romantic hero; a passionate man obsessed with war and whose love goes far beyond what is conceivable for most people (Bookrags). Marlow reveals that with his tremendous capacity for violence and intense passion for his wife represents a shocking new type of hero (Bookrags). Tamburlaine is celebrated as a hero through his victories and power. His ambition to attain power leads him to conquer many empires; Persia, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Africa. Before Tamburlaine’s sudden increase of power, Bajazeth, the ruler of Turkey warns him before attacking that, “Ambitious pride shall make thee fall” (Tamburlaine, act 4). Tamburlaine enjoys his enemy’s curses for his pleasure comes from (Gerald Pincess)”…To turn them all upon their proper heads’’ (Tamburlaine, act 4). This quote reveals how his ego controls him by proving that he will defeat their empire, his enemy’s warning mostly drives him instead of stopping him. After all, Tamburlaine’s army was able to conquer Turkey and subdue Bajazeth as well as his wife. He cannot compromise his desire to rule the world (Gerald Pincess). Tamburlaine is a cruel man where remorse and power are two inseparable qualities for his ambitious character (Gerald Pincess). The governor of Damascus, threatened by his power, sends a group of three virgin women to plea for mercy. By nature, Tamburlaine has them slaughtered and hoisted on city walls (Gerald Pincess). Marlow is revealing the true essence of men by representing Tamburlaine’s nature that men by definition are quarrelsome and fighting animals (Gerald Pincess). This re-enforces Tamburlaine’s cruel nature. Tamburlaine tortures Bajazeth and his wife after conquering Turkey. Later on, Bajazeth commits suicide after hearing Tamburlaine’s army won the battle against Greece and Africa, allies of Turkey, by beating his head against the bars of his cell. Zabina also commits this act after finding the body of her dead...
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