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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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. Aeschylus and Dracula

. Aeschylus and Dracula

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Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

Death is inevitable to every form of life. The slow decay of human flesh is gruesome, but nonetheless intriguing for most tragedy writers. The rituals surrounding burials add to the seduction of death, with various cultures varying in their spiritual and religious rites. Folklore has a different lure, as a man's life defines his fate in the underworld, such that a murderer's final destination will differ from his victim's. Revenge is not uncommon in many of these tales. The chapter looks into early European mythology as well as the vampire cult as a model of works with content which was more or less connected to death. Writings about vampires have a special lure because of its night settings and the predator element contained therein.

Keywords:   death, rituals, rites, underworld, vampire

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