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    Justice and Revenge in The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd Throughout 'The Spanish Tragedy', by Thomas Kyd, there is a constant theme of justice and revenge. Justice is the supreme law of the land; without justice, a country would fall into disrepute and those who are readily concerned with the status of society would have no grounds to stand upon. Therefore, those in power venerate justice. Revenge, however, upsets the delicate balance that holds Spanish society together. Hieronimo does his

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    Discuss the usage and effects that the supernatural elements have in both Kyd's `The Spanish Tragedy' and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Ghosts or supernatural beings feature both in The Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd, in 1587, and in Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, in 1601. Ghosts and the supernatural `remind the characters and the audience of the constraints the past places on the present, and also the obligations the living bear to the departed' . There were many superstitions surrounding

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    Revenge in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (c. 1587) is generally considered the first of the English Renaissance "revenge-plays." A rich genre that includes, among others, Hamlet. These plays tend to be soaked in blood and steeped in madness. The genre is not original to the period, deriving from a revival of interest in the revenge tragedies of the Roman playwright Seneca. Nor is it exclusive to the past, as anyone who has seen the "Death Wish" or "Lethal Weapon"

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    artistically expressed in literature" (84). That is what the chronotope is; Bakhtin continues with what the chrontope does: "It can even be said that it is precisely the chronotope that defines genre and generic distinctions" (85). In The Spanish Tragedy, Kyd layers three chronotopic zones to create a new chronotope, the "humanist chronotope," which in turn creates a unique dramatic genre, one we might call "humanist drama." According to Bakhtin, two seminal chronotopes from classical literature form

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    Thomas Kyd’s immense contribution to English literature contribution to English literature is undeniable. He was one of the prominent figures of drama during the Elizabethan era and wrote many works. However, his most important work is The Spanish Tragedy which undoubtedly laid the groundwork for subsequent revenge tragedies. The play’s main plot counts the story of a man who, after having his son killed, decides to take revenge on his son’s murderers and kills them. Some scholars accuse Hieronimo

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    Doubling in Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy

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    but for staging the scene with the most roles at one time. This would be scene four in Act one. There is a minimum of twenty-two roles that need to be filled. Minimum because there are three plural roles: Spanish nobles, Trumpeters, and Attendants (Kyd, 2), which means at least two of each, and sixteen roles with individual titles. Thirty-one roles were then left to be divided amongst the cast as double parts and, in some cases, triple parts. These remaining roles can not just be handed out

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    and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William Shakespeare. The two most famous English revenge tragedies written in the Elizabethan era were Hamlet, written by Shakespeare and The Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd. These two plays used mostly all of the Elizabethan conventions for revenge tragedies in their plays. Hamlet especially incorporated all revenge conventions in one way or another, which truly made Hamlet a typical revenge play. "Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    depictions and, while the male dominated society still precludes them from assuming a more powerful and positive role in the theatre, they are no less important to the overall movement of such tragedies as anonymously penned The Arden of Faversham and Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy. These two plays hold a wealth of examples of the female catalyst in theatre. Particularly in examining the roles of Alice in The Arden of Faversham and Bel-Imperia of The Spanish Tragedy the audience is presented with

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    Contemporary Dramatists strives to bring recognition to these names, as well as their relationship with Shakespeare. In this paper, a few of these fellow writers will be discussed, as well as their possible influence on Shakespeare and his success. Thomas Kyd Kyd was born in 1558, in London. While not much is known of his early life, it is known that he was educated at the Merchant Tailor’s school. He gained knowledge of French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin, and he used these skills working as a translator

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    Supernaturalism in Hamlet

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    of nature” 1. But for some writers it is the element that sets their stories successfully in motion. To some it is the question of similarity between the plots of the two famous tragedies, “The Spanish Tragedy”, written between 1582 and 1592 by Thomas Kyd and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was written between 1599 and 1602. But if you dig deeper in, what interests most is the supernaturalism and its effects on the plays. The theme of supernaturalism was a common phenomenon in the Elizabethan or Renaissance

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