Charles A. Hallett (essay date 1977)
SOURCE: Hallett, Charles A. “Andrea, Andrugio, and King Hamlet: The Ghost as Spirit of Revenge.” Philological Quarterly 56, No. 1 (Winter 1977): 43-64.
[In the essay below, Hallett examines the significance of the ghosts in The Spanish Tragedy, Antonio's Revenge, and Hamlet, arguing that, more than just a stage device, the apparition represents “the embodiment of the impulse for revenge, [and] its demands are unambiguous, immoderate, and recognize no authority but its own.”]
The dramatists who wrote revenge tragedy recognized what others of their contemporaries understood, that the passion of revenge had a definite course and a predictable end....
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