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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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. Playing with Fire: Richardson to Mozart

. Playing with Fire: Richardson to Mozart

(p.217) 9. Playing with Fire: Richardson to Mozart
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

Calamities such as fires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions are for some not nature's actions but God's vengeance. Similarly, God's favor and good graces are linked to good weather and a bountiful harvest. Even the concept of revenge and punishment is bestowed on a sovereign being. Suffering is seen as a punishment for the sinner, while the virtuous are spared. It is the love of God that compels such acts, similar to what a father would do to discipline his child. This concept is adapted by some of the plays described in the chapter: revenge that is love born and driven by possession and reproach. These stories, combined with powerful music as seen in drama, gives life and produces a surge of emotions in the audience so that they can truly sense the message of the story.

Keywords:   calamities, vengeance, God, discipline, music, punishment

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