Hieronimo's Understanding Of Revenge In Revenge Is Justified?

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The Spanish Tragedy reflects upon Bacons understanding of Revenge due to many different reasons, firstly because Bacon states that ‘Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out’ meaning that revenge is as much of a crime as the original crime itself and the law should deal with this as harshly as it does any other breach of law. This quotation reflects the actions of the protagonist in the play, Hieronimo, who inevitably enacts revenge upon his son Horatio’s murderers, Lorenzo and Balthazar. However, we see that Hieronimo‘s revenge is justified because he has exhausted every other option available to him before he turns to revenge, he is further justified in his revenge as …show more content…
This hesitance can be seen when he receives Bel-Imperia’s letter written in blood stating that “me hath my haples brother hid from thee Revenge thy-selfe on Balthazar and him for these was they that murdered thy sonne.” (Act III II). Though Bel-Imperia is clear who the murderers are, Hieronimo is wary of believing the letter to be true, therefore he decides that he will “by circumstances trie what I can gather to confirme this writ,” (Act III II). Hieronimo will wait until he speaks to Bel-Imperia face to face until he makes a decision. This hesitance shows that Heronimo is not a villain like Lorenzo and Balthazar, even though he now suspects them of the murder of his son he does not act hastily in his grief; therefore he is justified in his revenge as he seeks more evidence against the …show more content…
72−76). Hieronimo pleads with the King stating “Justice, oh justice, justice, gentle King!” (Act III xii. 63). His repetition of the word justice shows how determined he is to do the right thing and to get justice for his son the right way rather than revenge, his pleas however are rejected by the King who does not realise that Horatio has been murdered and is confused by Hieronimo’s outburst. Therefore when he does decide to avenge his son through revenge he is justified in doing so as he has already tried to do the right thing by seeking justice from the most powerful person of the country. Hieronimo’s actions reflect Bacon’s understanding of revenge because Bacon believes that revenge “putteth law out of office” meaning that it makes law obsolete. However Hieronimo, by taking the matter to the King, has tried to do the right

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