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Revenge TragedyAeschylus to Armageddon$
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John Kerrigan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001

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. ‘Of Wars and Rumours of Wars’

. ‘Of Wars and Rumours of Wars’

(p.290) 12. ‘Of Wars and Rumours of Wars’
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

Wars provide the most dreadful stages for tragedy. Soldiers are but pawns controlled by the political intentions of politicians and death is the price to pay by both the guilty and innocent. The body count of those slain is a measure of a war's success. Lives lost are a provocation for more bloodshed, and the vicious cycle goes on. Torture is another element of battle that adds to this horror. Soldiers are calloused by the events surrounding them, a trait that allows them to achieve new heights of violence. The surge of technology, marked by the invention of film and movies, has brought drama to a higher level. It brings to life events of the past and present that are real and perceived by the senses.

Keywords:   war, bloodshed, political, torture, violence, film, movies

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