Revenge tragedies have certain characteristics that are necessary to follow in order for it to

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Revenge tragedies have certain characteristics that are necessary to follow in order for it to actually be a revenge tragedy. Although there is a long list of characteristics, all of them do not have to actually be in the play for it to be revenge. There are core characteristics that have to be involved; two of them focus on a revenge being planned while including tragic elements. First, in order to have a revenge tragedy play, there must be a murder committed of some kind involved most likely towards the beginning. By a character killing someone, whether a loved one or a friend, it allows the person who is hurt by the situation the time to plan a revenge to get back at the murderer. For instance, at the beginning of the Spanish…show more content…
Moreover; there are often ghosts or in the case of The Spanish Tragedy, revenge is personified that allow revenge to constantly be brought up. The ghosts or supernatural are what egg the revenger on. Although if we look at The Spanish Tragedy with revenge as being personified, he plays the chorus but never has any direct contact with people. Then, if we look at The Revenger’s Tragedy we see a comet that allows the Duke to see that revenge is about to take place, “I am not pleased at that ill-knotted fire/ they say, whom art and learning weds/when stars wear locks they threaten great men’s heads” (Middleton, 5.3.18). Then finally in The Tragedy of Hoffman or A Revenge for a Father, a major storm develops that Hoffman believes is coming from the heavens and allows Hoffman an opportunity to have his enemy shipwreck. In contrast to the ghosts, the audience or reader must get a sense of blood and violence. While reading The Revenger’s Tragedy we see many lines that mention blood but one stands out significantly, “I’ll damn you at your pleasure: precious deed!/ After your lust, O, ‘twill be fine to bleed (Middleton, 2.2.126-27). Usually the revenger will kill multiple people along the way, even those who are innocent because the revenger has gone crazy. Finally, we finish with one of the most important core characteristics of a Revenge Tragedy play, success

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