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Volume 7 Issue 8

January 2015

Private Revenge, Public Spectacle: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies
Dr. Anita Manuel, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
KCG College of Technology, 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
The revenge tragedies from Kyd to Webster cover several markedly different social and political periods but what probably fuelled both the fascination of the dramatists as well as the audience was the morality of revenge. Commentators have closely examined Elizabethan and Jacobean attitudes toward revenge, the ethical dilemma in seeking private revenge when denied public justice. In the hands of Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights from Kyd to Marston, revenge tragedy becomes the ideal vehicle by which to project their concerns about such provocative issues as a repressive religious tradition, political corruption, and social malaise (Dollimore 4). In Mantel’s two books one can see the hall marks of the revenge tragedies like sexual intrigue, sinister characters, a play-within-the-play, torture, and multiple murders.
Revenge Tragedy; Hilary Mantel; Bring Up the Bodies.
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