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The Influence Of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy On Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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The influence of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is seen throughout the use the ghost in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. This scene marks the beginning of Hamlet's action towards revenge. Through the allusions of Greek mythology, death and revenge, Elizabethan tragedy is displayed in both dialogues. The ghost present in both plays fit the what the Elizabethans held about superstition.
Depicted by Shakespeare and Kyd, the theme of revenge correlates between both ghosts' monologues. Both of their objectives are set on seeking retribution for a relative. Old Hamlet appears to his son with the intent of setting him in action to avenge his death. Don Andrea focuses on his after-life while Old ...view middle of the document...

Don Andrea crys, "To pass me over to the slimy strond,/ That leads to fell Avernus' ugly waves" (1.1.28-9). He is explaining how his soul travel when it was in Hades. The ghost in Hamlet also refers to the underworld when he exclaims, "And duller shouldst that be than the fat weed/ That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf" (1 5.39-40). He refers to the Lethe which is a river that flows in Hades. Shakespeare includes this to assist Hamlet in moving towards action. After revealing how his own brother has betrayed him, he compares his inaction to a 'lazy' weed sitting on a river in Hades. Even though Shakespeare uses a small allusion in this scene, it shows how he uses the influence of Kyd's monologue.
Ghosts were mostly seen as wicked and manipulative spirits. The dominating role of the supernatural is shown mainly through the presence of Old Hamlet and Don Andrea's ghost. Since Elizabethan people were mainly Protestants, they saw purgatory as a type of superstition. However, Kyd and Shakespeare utilize them to bring redemption and create the perfect avengers. The ghost in Hamlet announces his origin in the supernatural world, "Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature/ Are burnt and purged away" (1.5.17-8). Don Andrea also reveals...

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