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How Does Shakespeare Examine The Themes Of Revenge in Hamlet.
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How Does Shakespeare Examine The Themes Of Revenge in Hamlet
The revenge tragedy established itself within Elizabethan theatre as a tremendously popular genre. The style of the play had gradually evolved from the works of Seneca, an ancient Roman playwright. Once translated these plays performed, steadily rose in popularity, with plays such as Middleton's 'The Changeling', Kids 'The Spanish Tragedy' and Tourneurs 'The Revenger's Tragedy' being most popular.
The 'typical' revenge tragedy play has several important conventions within it, which are key to the genre. A five part structure of: Exposition, anticipation, confrontation, partial execution and completion, portray the central character - the revenger, discovering the deed he must avenge, wrestling with his conscience over the justification and validity of the act, then planning and eventually executing the act of revenge.
Often Jacobean revenge tragedy often questioned the revengers' morality. How far does the task of revenge affect the revenger? How far does it taint the person? How can the audience be sure the protagonists' madness is not actually real? Is it possible that the conflicting morality suffered by him brings unto the revenger real madness and mental instability? The questions over morality are
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