Revenge Tragedy Criticism: The Morality Of Revenge - Essay

J. R. Mulryne (essay date 1960)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Mulryne, J. R. “The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi.” In Jacobean Theatre, edited by John Russell Brown, pp. 201-25. London: Edward Arnold, 1960.

[In the essay below, Mulryne maintains that Webster mockingly repudiates the revenge tragedy form in The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, asserting that in these plays Webster intentionally creates a world of “moral and emotional anarchy.”]

After Shakespeare's plays, Webster's tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, are more often produced today than the work of any other Jacobean dramatist. In some ways this continued popularity is difficult to...

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Allen Bergson (essay date 1976)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Bergson, Allen. “The Worldly Stoicism of George Chapman's The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France.Philological Quarterly 55, No. 1 (Winter 1976): 43-64.

[In the following essay, Bergson discusses the dramatic irony inherent in the “rendezvous of the spiritual man and the political world” in Chapman's Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France.]

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In two of his tragedies, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France,1 George Chapman seems to depict a Stoic hero who can endure the...

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Barbara J. Baines (essay date 1983)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Baines, Barbara J. “Antonio's Revenge: Marston's Play on Revenge Plays.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 23, No. 2 (Spring 1983): 277-94.

[In the following essay, Baines contends that Marston utilized an unconventional dramatic structure in Antonio's Revenge in an effort to parody the predictable revenge tragedy form.]

Perhaps no play of the Renaissance is more derivative and at the same time more original than Marston's Antonio's Revenge. G. K. Hunter notes that the similarities between Marston's play and Hamlet “are greater than those between either play and any other surviving Elizabethan drama.”1 It is...

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