Study Guide

Serena What's Up With the Epigraph?

By Ron Rash

What's Up With the Epigraph?

A hand, that with a grasp may grip the worlde. (Epigraph.1)

—Christopher Marlowe

What's Up With the Epigraph?

What do Lady Macbeth, Medea, and Tamburlaine all have in common? They were all ruthless murderers, for one. More importantly for this book, we get the gist the Serena's conquering and controlling ways hail from these literary greats.

After all, the epigraph is a quote from Tamburlaine the Great. In Christopher Marlowe's play, no one can hide from Tamburlaine's path. He overtakes nations like he's playing a game of chess and never looks back. Sounds familiar, right? Opening the book this way foreshadows what's to come for us, encouraging us to make a connection between one merciless antihero (Tamburlaine) and another (Serena) as we read.