Bosola's values ('for places in the court are but like beds in the…
'for places in the court are but like beds in the hospital'
to get promoted you have to be a sycophant
cramped connected with corruption
licking eachothers feet
no room to succeed or grow
bosola is not happy with society
bitterly cynical view of courtly reward
doesn't have the moral virtue to distance himself from it
willing to demine himself in order to advance in society
being a soldier in this society you were treated worse than a dog
'whose throat must I cut?'
understands that in the end someone will die
death is part of working for the brothers
'I would hang upon their ears like a horse leech till I were full'
he would use them to make money/ improve status
the only way to succeed in this society is if you work for these crooks
corruption in society
despite disliking the society he lives in he is still willing to be exploited by the brothers for his own selfish gain
'I fell into the galleys in your service'
galleys= where the slaves would row
could be a prison sentence
he was punished for murdering for the cardinal
he hasn't been rewarded
play is anti catholic
England was flux in terms of religion before James
'I was lured to you'
he knows that no good will come of working for the brothers
immediate gains of money and status
he knows the experience will be unpleasant but his desire for status outweighs this
belief in heaven and hell
'sometimes the devil doth preach'
bosola is the most voluble
despite Ferdinand having more power
condemns Ferdinand and the corrupt Italian court
hints at Ferdinand's evil and manipulative ways
could foreshadow his brutal torture and murder of his sister
'he and his brother are like plum trees that grow crooked over standing pools'
the brothers are the roots of wealth
those who profit are the ugliest in society/ other crooks
to get on in society you have to be crooked like them
metaphor for society
'never rained such showers as these without thunderbolts i'th tail of them'
contrasts his pessimism
knows that working for the brothers will mean suffering in the end
despite him only being a spy he knows in the end he will have to kill
'black birds fatten best in hard weather'
he wants to gain status, money and power
for how despite the injustice and corruption in society he can still profit a lot from it
black birds are typically scavengers
bosola is willing to 'scavenge' in order to gain (sycophancy)
'my corruption grew out of horse dung'
mocks the fellowship of the horse title
knows that he wont deserve it (unmeritocratic)
for how he will be doing Ferdinand's dirty work
'I am your creature'
dehumanized by working for Ferdinand
conflicting feelings towards Ferdinand are mirrored by contortions of bosolas language
'for the good deed you have done me, I must do all the ill man can ivent
should be thankful for the sins he has to commit
he is willing to take Ferdinand's job but still condemns him
'place and riches are oft bribes of shame'
the gifts Ferdinand is offering are meaningless
highlights corruption in Italian court