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Hamlet as a Revenge Tragedy

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Nick F

on 16 April 2014

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Transcript of Hamlet as a Revenge Tragedy

A revenge tragedy requires
Key characters
A Characters who is killed
A character to kill him
A Character to avenge the death of the killed by killing the killer
Intro to the Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy
Thomas Kyd established the the revenge tragedy with
Spanish tragedy (1587) and the genre was later perfected by Shakespeare with Hamlet
Hamlet: A Revenge Tragedy
Claudius' murder of king Hamlet initiates Hamlets quest for revenge
Revenge In hamlet
Most revenge tragedies share some basic elements
A play within a play
Mad scenes
A vengeful ghost
one or more gory scenes
A central character who has a serious grievance against a formidable opponent
<- Hamlet Senior
<- Claudius
<- Hamlet
is a very important aspect in a revenge tragedy
Hamlet expresses his feelings about his fathers death with the quote:
"Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift/ as meditation, or the thoughts of love,/ may sweep to revenge" (1:5:29-31)
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