The endings of plays, particularly when we have seen them on stage, remain in our memories and imaginations for many years. They coalesce and distil all the emotions, plot-lines, conflicts and themes in a final show-down. The nature of the show-down (who dies, who is married, who feasts and who does not) tells us much about the play’s dramatic intent. Does the ending resolve conflict or perpetuate it? Is the ending idealistic, if so why is this? Is the ending darkly pragmatic? Does it answer all our questions, or not? The answers to these broader questions can be found through close analysis of the closing moments of any play. Let us turn, then, to the ending of The White Devil.
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