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Revenge Tragedy is a kind of tragedy modelled on the Senecan tragedy. It is a tragic play in which the tragedy results from the revenge. The  kind of tragedy originated in ancient Greece in the tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides. The popular elements of this type of drama are-
  • A quest for vengeance
  • Ghosts
  • Graveyards
  • Insanity
  • Incest
  • Adultery
  • Rape
  • Suicide
  • Arson
  • Play within a play
  • Sensational incidents and
  • Horrible murders on the stage      
It is Seneca, the great tragic dramatist of ancient Rome, introduces horror elements in a revenge play. The revenge tragedy enjoyed   great popularity in the 17th Century. In the Elizabethan Age, and later on in the jacobean Age it was very popular. Thomas Kyd's The Spanish  Tragedy, Marston's Antonio and Millida, john Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. Tourner's  The Revenger's Tragedy and Shakespeare's Hamlet are remarkable revenge tragedies . Revenge tragedy and Seneca tragedy are almost similar. The difference lies in the fact that revenge tragedy allows murders on stage while Senecan tragedy reports off-stage murder.
Revenge tragedy


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