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Research the English attitude towards Spain in Elizabethan times. Analyze ways in which this attitude sheds light on the play.

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Does Hieronimo retain the sympathy of the audience until the end of the play, or does he become a villain too? Does his madness cloud his judgment?

Research the work and influence of the sixteenth century political philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli. In what sense might Lorenzo be considered a Machiavellian figure?

What is the difference between revenge and justice? Are the two concepts sometimes merged? Can revenge ever be justified?

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