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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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. ‘Remember Me!’: Horestes, Hieronimo, and Hamlet

. ‘Remember Me!’: Horestes, Hieronimo, and Hamlet

(p.170) 7. ‘Remember Me!’: Horestes, Hieronimo, and Hamlet
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on a number of great plays from the Renaissance period: Hamlet, The Spanish Tragedy, and the late version of Orestes, aptly called Horestes. The chapter states that memories are very powerful tools in provoking anger and revenge. For even if a person's loved one is not physically seen, the pain and grief of death and betrayal can be almost palpable to encourage a person to commit crimes and violence. For a father who is tormented by the vision of a murdered son, his belongings are what drive him to seek justice. It can send a person to the verge of desperation and despair. Ghosts, as seen in Hamlet, are visual representations of memories, used to urge the character to keeping remembering until revenge is at hand.

Keywords:   Renaissance, Hamlet, memories, crimes, ghosts

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