What Is "Revenger's Tragedy" About?


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"Revenger's Tragedy" is the story of a man whose wife is murdered on their wedding day and the ensuing years of his planning revenge on the man who killed her. Originally a book, the story was made into a movie in 2002.

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The main character is Vindici. After his wife is murdered for spurning the advances of the duke, Vindici goes into hiding for 10 years to plan his retribution. While Vindici is in hiding, his family falls into poverty, while the duke, duchess and their sons find wealth and power. The duke's family rules over an extravagant court, enjoying every indulgence while obsessed with beauty, money, privilege and power. When Vindici returns from self-imposed exile and sees this, he plans his revenge slowly. Vindici sets out to gain the confidence of the duke and his son, Lussurioso. Then, Lussurioso is accused of raping a lord's wife. He is acquitted, and the wife dies a mysterious death. Vindici uses the chaotic time to fulfill his mission.

"Revenger's Tragedy" was written by Thomas Middleton in 1607 and takes place in Liverpool, England. The movie version, which is directed by Alex Cox, who also directed "Repo Man" and "Sid and Nancy," is set in a post-apocalyptic Liverpool and contains adult language, much violence and sex.

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