The Spanish Tragedy Historical Context

This Study Guide consists of approximately 53 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Spanish Tragedy.
This section contains 557 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Spanish Tragedy Study Guide

After Kyd had shown the way with The Spanish Tragedy, the revenge play became extremely popular on the Elizabethan stage. John Marston's Antonio's Revenge, Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Hamlet are some of the most outstanding plays of this type.

The revenge play was adapted from the work of the Roman playwright Seneca (4 b.c. to a.d. 65). Seneca wrote nine tragedies, based on Greek models, but his plays were meant to be recited rather than performed on a stage. They consisted mainly of long speeches, and action was described rather than presented directly. Seneca's theme was revenge and retribution, and his subject matter was lurid; his plays feature crimes such as murder, incest, and adultery, and there is much blood, mutilation, and carnage. Ghosts appear frequently, and the plays end in a horrible catastrophe. Seneca emphasized that man...

(read more from the Historical Context section)

This section contains 557 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Spanish Tragedy Study Guide
Copyrights
Drama for Students
The Spanish Tragedy from Drama for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.