‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’
As its title and the name of its central character advertise, The Revenger’s Tragedy (1606) clearly belongs to the genre of Revenge Tragedy (see chapter 12). Other roots, dramatic and non-dramatic, can also be identified, mainly the Morality play, the homilies of medieval preachers, contemporary Jacobean satire, as well as various iconographic traditions. The influence of all of these can be found in the opening speech which, in terms of its staging, form and content, demonstrates many of the stylistic approaches and theatrical strategies of the play as a whole.1
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