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The Revenger's Tragedy is a Jacobean Revenge play written in 1606 by (scholars now believe) Thomas Middleton.

It's convoluted, disgusting and full of over-the-top gory acts of vengeance. Some people think that it was intended as a parody of the revenge-tragedy genre so popular at the time. And of Hamlet in particular (see Take That, below).

There is a 2002 film adaptation which sets the play in post-apocalyptic Liverpool (or just Liverpool), and stars Christopher Eccleston as Vindice.


This play provides examples of:

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 Is there no thunder left, or is't kept up

In stock for heavier vengeance?

[thunder rolls]

There it is!

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 Vindice: Why, brother, it is fate!

Hippolito: It is, but whose? His or yours?

Vindice: I set my fate at naught, so that I have revenge.

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