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Hamlet as a Revenge Tragedy

Hamlet as a Revenge Tragedy
Shakespeare (1564-1616) is the greatest Elizabethan dramatist. He wrote tragedies and comedies of great height. In his hands, the Romantic dramas reached its peak. Hamlet responds to all the rules of revenge tragedy. The revenge tragedies were very popular in the Elizabethan and Jacobeans periods. The best known revenge tragedies are Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Senecan model makes for a clear definition of revenge tragedies, covering the following inclusions: i. A secret murder, usually of a benign ruler by a bad person. ii. A ghostly visitation of the murder victim to a younger kinsman, generally a son. iii. A period of disguise, intrigue, or plotting, in which the murderer and the avenger scheme against each other, with a slowly rising body count. iv. A descent into either real or feigned madness by the avenger or one of the auxiliary characters. v. An eruption of general violence at the end, which is often accomplished by means of a feigned masque or festivity. vi. A catastrophe that utterly decimates the dramatis personae, including the avenger.

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