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Witch of Edmonton

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"Witch of Edmonton" by Thomas Dekker is a captivating play that delves into the dark world of witchcraft and its consequences. Set in the small village of Edmonton, the story follows the life of Elizabeth Sawyer, an elderly woman accused of being a witch. Through a series of events, Elizabeth's life takes a drastic turn as she becomes entangled in a web of deceit, betrayal, and intrigue.

The characters in the play are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each struggling with their own inner demons and moral dilemmas. From the cunning manipulator to the innocent victim, Dekker skillfully portrays the complexity of human nature and the consequences of our actions.

One of the most striking aspects of the play is its exploration of gender roles and societal expectations. Elizabeth Sawyer is a powerful and independent woman, shunned by society for not conforming to traditional gender norms. Her defiance and resilience in the face of adversity make her a compelling and relatable protagonist.

Overall, "Witch of Edmonton" is a thought-provoking and evocative play that challenges our perceptions of morality, justice, and human nature. Dekker's masterful storytelling and vivid imagery make this play a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of humanity.

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Mother Elizabeth Sawyer is a poor, lonely, and unfairly ostracized old woman with nothing left to lose. Frank is a poor farmer who intends to marry his beloved Winnifred, who is pregnant with his child, but is pressured to marry Susan, the rich yeoman's daughter. Young Cuddy Banks is a clown who pines after a girl who doesn't love him. When Mother Sawyer turns to witchcraft after being unjustly accused of it, a talking devil-dog named Tom comes to her aid, becoming her familiar and only friend. Though she intends to get her revenge, little does she know many of those around her are only too willing to sell their souls to the devil all by themselves. The play was inspired by the real-life story of Elizabeth Sawyer, who had been executed for witchcraft on 19 April 1621, and draws heavily on a pamphlet by Henry Goodcole, The wonderful discoverie of Elizabeth Sawyer, Witch . While the pamphlet may be very ready to capitalize on the sensational story of a witch and portray Sawyer as simply a bad woman, the play does not permit an easy and comfortable demonization of her. It presents her as a product of society rather than an anomaly in it. - Summary by Mary Kay CastNarrator: LydiaCWMother Elizabeth Sawyer: ElizabbyAnne: NewgatenovelistSusan: KittyKatherine: KristingjWinnifred: glorianaSir Arthur Clarington: HamletOld Thorney / Hamluc: unreadpagesCarter: ToddHWWarbeck: jburlinsonSomerton: SalvationistFrank Thorney: Dave in the FaxOld Banks: alanmapstoneCuddy Banks: BlueFunkDog, aka Tom: RobBoardRatcliffe: McFarlaneJustice / Constable: dlolso21First Clown / First Countryman: KhaghbboommmSecond Clown / Second Countryman: catroseThird Clown / Third Countryman: leanneyauyauFourth Clown / Sawgut: HamletEdited by: carteki and linny

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