The Evolution of Morality in English Renaissance Revenge Tragedy
Beusse, Jeffrey Henry
The purpose of this paper is to study the evolution of morality in the Revenge Tragedy of the Renaissance. In the first of the two chapters a historical view of the problem is presented, taking into account such things aS pre-Renaissance dramatic traditions, the social ambivalency toward the revenge question, and the establishment of an anti-Machiavelli feeling in England. The second chapter studies the English playwrights' attempt to reach a conclusion on the validity and morality of the use of revenge as an instrument of justice. The chapter places a special emphasis on the use of the Machiavell-character as a technical vehicle to help determine the final conclusion toward revenge. I have limited the number of plays examined to those which I feel to be typical of the Renaissance revenge-tragedies, and yet still regarded as outstanding works of that period.
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