The Spanish Tragedy Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Act 1, Scene 1

• A Ghost appears, accompanied by a representation of Revenge.

• The Ghost introduces himself as Andrea and talks about how he lived as a Spanish noble, loved Bel-Imperia and was slain in battle with Portugal.

• The Ghost also talks about his journey through the Underworld, where governing spirits debated what was to be done with his soul.

• Andrea was eventually judged by Pluto, the ruler of the Underworld, and Proserpine, his queen.

• Prosperine assigned Revenge to deal with the ghost, and Revenge brought him back to the land of the living.

• Revenge tells the Ghost he's been brought back to see revenge taken on the man that killed him -- Balthazar, the prince of Portugal.

Act 1, Scene 2

• A general tells the Spanish king, the Duke of Castile and Hieronimo that Portugal has been defeated.

• The king and Castile offer prayers of thanksgiving.

• The general tells how Andrea...

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