In the context of understanding property as focal in Gothic fiction, we may, however, venture to reformulate Williams's definitions and note that while Male Gothic may be understood as the literature where the theme of taking dominates, often featuring a male overreacher
as protagonist, Female Gothic may be seen as expressing the wish to reclaim what has been lost.
(1.1.177-80) The plucky, self-authorizing overreacher
thus gives way to the egocentric misogynist who views domination in the bedroom as his means to avenge exclusion from the table.
And so they leave the overreacher
alone in his room to face his fate.
I le was forced, by the very impact of his creation, to face the genuinely tragic conflict that was bound to destroy the monster he created." Levin, The Overreacher
. A Study of Christopher Marlowe (London: Faber and Faber, 1954), 34.
In Marlowe's narrative, the Queen Mother plays a supporting role to the principal arch-villain, the Duke of Guise, an ambitious overreacher
in the tradition of Marlowe's Barabas and Tamburlaine.
Faustus, another overreacher
who sees himself a demi-god, Vindice in The Revenger's Tragedy, a villain malcontent exercising his assumed wit in murdering, and another villain malcontent, Bosola in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.
Daedalus the master architect is also his own son Icarus, the overreacher
destined for oblivion.
Levin, Harry (1953) The Overreacher
: a Study of Christopher Marlowe.
There is the classic "overreacher
," Manny Howard, who writes about how his "stunt foodways" (like roasting a whole pig on the beach) are incompatible with feeding a family.
Four of McNally's typewritten papers for that two-semester course (1958-59), which contain the grader's handwritten annotations and evaluative comments, survive in the McNally Archive at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas: "Shakespeare's Early Development as a Tragedian," "The Family as a Dramatic Theme in King Lear and The Winter's Tale," "The Overreacher
," and "Spiritual Movement in King Lear" (HRC 57.6).
Whereas the brain definitely functions within constraints, the mind might be considered a compulsive overreacher
, to a degree that can imperil sanity.
(1) Marlowe is not quoted verbatim, but the Faustian qualities of Mammon are plain enough, with Jonson's satire reinventing the tragic overreacher
as a Herculean consumer (or would-be consumer) of commodified human and animal flesh.