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The play The Spanish Tragedy was composed by the Englishman Thomas Kyd sometime before 1592, when it was first performed. Its main significance is that it is the first known example of the genre of revenge tragedy, a type of play adapted in the Renaissance primarily from the Latin model of Seneca (whose medea was particularly influential). Typical features of the genre are a protagonist who has been wronged and becomes so obsessed by revenge that he destroys himself and his friends as well as his enemies for the sake of vengeance, an exotic setting (often Italy or Spain), evil aristocrats, some element of the morbid (corpses, skulls) or supernatural (ghosts), and an event-filled melodramatic plot. In the Spanish Tragedy, the ghost Andrea gets his revenge as his beloved kills his murderer.
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