SOME COMMON TRAITS SHARED BY ENGLISH RENAISSANCE REVENGE TRAGEDIES

  • Krste Iliev
  • Natalija Pop Zarieva
  • Dragan Donev

Abstract

This paper analyzes the origin of the revenge tragedies and the influence of the
Roman playwright Seneca on English renaissance tragedies. Furthermore, it will offer a short review
on how revenge was perceived in Elizabethan England and with what kind of notions the Elizabethans
associated revenge. In addition, this paper will analyze more than a dozen of common traits that
English renaissance tragedies share. One of the goals is to establish whether one can speak of some
kind of a “common pattern” that, Thomas Kyd, William Shakespeare and possibly other authors used
when they endeavored to create these enduringly relevant examples of revenge tragedies.

Published
2018-12-29

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