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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 Anger: Seneca, Milton, Shakespeare

. Of Anger: Seneca, Milton, Shakespeare

(p.111) 5. Of Anger: Seneca, Milton, Shakespeare
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

The chapter illustrates another great tragedy in Greek mythology. It tells of Atreus who tricks his brother Thyestes into eating his children, a price Tyesthes had to pay for seducing his wife. Both brothers' lives ended in brutal death, cursed by the gods. This is a picture when vengeance and anger is held to the extreme, resulting in irreversible sadness and turmoil. Milton, on the other hand, illustrated a biblical form of revenge, on that rooted in God's displeasure for disobedience. It is said that God's wrath is terrible and terminal, nothing can survive it. Anger is the first and foremost emotion that comes into play, and when left, can be similar to a wildfire that leaves nothing in its wake.

Keywords:   brutal, death, cursed, anger, biblical, God

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