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            Hamlet is a play written by William Shakespeare that very .
             closely follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in Elizabethan .
             theater. All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who .
             wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who .
             was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who .
             was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all .
             revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William .
             Shakespeare. The two most famous English revenge tragedies written in .
             the Elizabethan era were Hamlet, written by Shakespeare and The .
             Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd. These two plays used mostly .
             all of the Elizabethan conventions for revenge tragedies in their .
             plays. Hamlet especially incorporated all revenge conventions in one .
             way or another, which truly made Hamlet a typical revenge play. .
             "Shakespeare's Hamlet is one of many heroes of the Elizabethan and .
             Jacobean stage who finds himself grievously wronged by a powerful .
             figure, with no recourse to the law, and with a crime against his .
             family to avenge." .
             Seneca was among the greatest authors of classical tragedies .
             and there was not one educated Elizabethan who was unaware of him or .
             his plays. There were certain stylistic and different strategically .
             thought out devices that Elizabethan playwrights including Shakespeare .
             learned and used from Seneca's great tragedies. The five act .
             structure, the appearance of some kind of ghost, the one line .
             exchanges known as stichomythia, and Seneca's use of long rhetorical .
             speeches were all later used in tragedies by Elizabethan playwrights. .
             Some of Seneca's ideas were originally taken from the Greeks when the .
             Romans conquered Greece, and with it they took home many Greek .
             theatrical ideas. Some of Seneca's stories that originated from the .
             Greeks like Agamemnon and Thyestes which dealt with bloody family .
             histories and revenge captivated the Elizabethans.

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