Revenge in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (c. 1587) is generally considered the first of the English Renaissance "revenge-plays." A rich genre that includes, among others, Hamlet. These plays tend to be soaked in blood and steeped in madness. The genre is not original to the period, deriving from a revival of interest in the revenge tragedies of the Roman playwright Seneca. Nor is it exclusive to the past, as anyone who has seen the "Death Wish" or "Lethal Weapon"
Metatheatre begins by sharpening our awareness of the unlikeness of life to dramatic art; it may end by making us aware of life's uncanny likeness to art or illusion. This is a term difficult to analyse, and as a result even Nellhaus describes the analysis of plays-within-plays and self-consciously theatrical characters as “problematic” (3). However, an attempt can be made to critically understand the significance of the epicene in Jonson’s Epicoene. This drama shatters many illusions of typical social