Introductory Matter

Stock elements of a revenge tragedy include:

sensational murder, ghost demanding revenge (?), delay/avenger (no superpowers), madness and faked madness, deals with man's place in the cosmos, surrender to providence, and a bloody, spectacular conclusion

Major Symbols include

  • poison
  • gravedigging
  • sickness
  • madness
  • playacting
  • fathers and sons (watch for other instances of parallelism)
  • weakness of women
  • suicide

"Symbolic Layers," an essay by Michael Flachmann

Act I Assignments

Act II Assignments

Act III Assignments

Act IV Assignments

Act V Assignments