Justice And Justice In Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy

1843 Words 8 Pages
Shejuty Guho
ENG 213
Nawshaba Ahamed
Date: 19/7/2016

1.Hieronimo appeals for justice. But is justice attained at the end of the play? What do you think of Kyd’s attitude towards the notions of justice and revenge?

“Revenge is an act of passion, vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged, crimes are avenged”. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Revenge is a selfish act, done for one’s own satisfaction. Vengeance is an often-selfless duty to see justice done and thus the nobler act. The first is driven by desire and the second by duty. Thomas Kyd’s 1592 play The Spanish Tragedy, focusing on the core themes of revenge and the problems of justice. The notion of revenge, as a desire for revenge versus justice
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Work Citations
Primary Reading Kyd, Thomas.1996.“The Spanish Tragedy [1692]”, edited by David Bevington. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Secondary Readings
Ratliff,John D. “Hieronimo Explains Himself”.Studies in Philology 59.2(1957):112-18.Web 16 July,2016. <>
Chandler,Bridget.“Revenge and the problems of justice in Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy”. Diffusion: the UCLan Journal of Undergraduate Research7.1( 2014).

Campbell, Lily B.‘‘Theories of Revenge in Renaissance England’’. Modern Philology 28.3(1931): 281-96.Web 16 July, 2016.
De Chickera, Ernst. ‘‘Divine Justice and Private Revenge in The Spanish Tragedy’’, The Modern Language Review 57.2(1962), 228-32.Web 16 July,2016.
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