Context for 'The Revenger's Tragedy' by Thomas Middleton

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  • 'The Revenger's Tragedy' Context
    • city comedy
      • mocking social climbing of upper classes
    • James I
      • court corruption + bribery
      • court = rich, everyone else = poor
      • male favourites
    • Jacobean Revenge Tragedy
      • parody of this
        • exaggeration
      • malcontent seeking revenge
      • elaborate plot
        • revenge on the Duke
      • ceremonial court occasions
        • the masque
    • lack of respect for the dead
      • Gloriana's skull
    • 'type' figures
      • Medieval morality plays
      • 'Lussurioso' = lustful
      • 'Vindice' = revenger
    • Jacobean attitudes towards revenge
      • private revenge = illegal
      • Bacon: "revenge is a kind of wild justice"
    • Seneca
      • bloody + violent
      • revenge
      • long rhetoric
    • farce
      • black humour
      • elaborate revenge plot
      • witty dialogue
        • puns
        • euphemisms

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