The Spanish Tragedy | Study Guide

Thomas Kyd

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The Spanish Tragedy | Act 1, Scene 5 | Summary



At an undetermined location, The Ghost of Andrea and Revenge comment on the events of the play so far. The Ghost of Andrea expresses his outrage that his murderer sits in honor with the King of Spain at a feast, while he himself has been deprived of life and love. Revenge urges the Ghost of Andrea to understand that before everything is done, this temporary scene of pleasantry at the expense of justice will ultimately be turned upside down.


It is implied that Revenge reminds the Ghost of Andrea it is acceptable to the workings of vengeance that those who are to feel its wrath in the end must first enjoy themselves as much as possible, so that when they are thrust into abject misery, they can be made to feel the greatest loss. In other words, the larger the wheel rim they grasp to be lifted the highest, the greater the fall will be, or as would be the case of a giant water wheel powering a grain mill, the fall would be to drown them under river water.

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