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Jacobean Revenge Tragedy

By Chidinma Ugwueje

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Jacobean drama is named after Jacobus, the Latin translation of “James”. Most scholars use this term to refer collectively to the works created during the reign of James I (1603-1625) in England. Simply put, Jacobean drama is simply the drama that was performed during the reign of Elizabeth’s successor. It evolved out of Elizabethan dramas but around 1610, began to show a marked shift from the previous era’s theatrical tradition. This is a period characterized by literature and arts not just because of its societal importance but also because of the king’s love for them. Revenge tragedy, is therefore a form of tragedy where a character seeks revenge over the loss of something dear to him/her directly or indirectly.
The main characteristics of the Jacobean revenge tragedy includes; a complex plot, murder, madness/insanity, selfish desires, high sense of violence, we see a protagonist who has a serious grievance against a formidable opponent, cruel act and torment. We also see man’s obsession with wealth, material things and corruption.
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“THE DUCHESS OF MALFI” BY JOHN WEBSTER; AS A JACOBEAN REVENGE TRAGEDY

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