Yesterday we posted about revenge, focusing on an article by Lauren Blumenfeld, who makes the case that revenge has come back to our political and cultural life with a vengeance, so to speak.
There are some other aspects of revenge, though, that she doesn’t seem to get into. I wrote my Master’s Thesis on Seventeenth Century revenge tragedies, of which Hamlet is the most famous, though there were lots of them. I argued that these plays often show a tension within them between the passions that call for revenge and the knowledge that personal revenge is forbidden by God. Behind this tension, though, is the legitimate need for justice, which is often achieved in these plays through God’s providence.