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The Revenger's Tragedy is a morality play in response to a perceived lack of justice and an excess of corruption and hypocrisy in contemporary Jacobean society. Featuring definite elements of Exemplum Horrendum (the displaying of vice in order to denounce it), Senecan Revenge Tragedy, Comicall Sayre and Intrigue Comedy, the play appealed to Jacobean audiences, as to today's due to its pervasive use of comic method (in the style of Kyd), its treatment of revenge, morality and perversity and Tourneur's use of highly poetic and rhetorical language, as best exemplified by the satiric wit and almost farcical nature of the constant banter between Vindice and his brother Hippolito. Vindice's language is characterised by Comicall Satyre, rhetoric and religious imagery interspersed with sexual connotations; it is this language that enhances his stance as a moraliser on the court and allows the introduction of the concept of the 'Tragic Burlesque', a genre that may or may not be applied to the play as a whole. The success of the play comes, in my opinion from the persistent dramatic swings from melancholy to humour (with language alternating between meditative stillness and frivolous yet furious pace respectively), the personification of abstractions throughout (such as in the protagonists' names: Castiza-Chaste, Vindice-Revenger, Lussurioso-Lustful and Spurio-Bastard), and from the continual inclusion of references to food and putrefying flesh - metaphors of poison, hence of death, sin, adulterous sexual pleasure and corruption. Concerned with the exoticism of Italy, the general preoccupations of Mediaeval writers (sin and human frailty) and with insanity, indulgence and excess within the context of conventional Christianity, I would recommend this play to admirers of Marston, Middleton, Seneca and Chettle.
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on 17 June 2012
There aren't a huge amount of copies of this book, but it would be hard to beat this one. The introduction is well written, insightful and especially useful for English Literature A level students, as criticism for the play is hard to find.
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on 6 May 2013
Scholarly commentary, informative introduction, lovely clear printing on nice crisp pages, well-bound and durable. Great edition of one of my favourite plays.
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on 27 November 2012
Needed the book for college and was surprised by the fast delivery! Very good, also the book is nice and small yet has all the information needed plus notes. Very pleased.
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on 1 July 2013
Arrived promptly, yet had a coffee mug stain on the front and had handwritten notes on the inside, making the book useless for exams and coursework.
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on 8 March 2014
Using this for my English Lit Studies, got lots of good little notes to help explain some stuff on every page :)
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on 12 November 2014
It is used but I prefer my plays like that it's completely annotated which is great for me
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on 7 November 2015
Excellent quality and it arrived soon after my order.
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on 11 September 2014
Boring but my daughter needed it for uni.
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on 28 December 2015
just as described.
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