The title of Thomas Kyd’s play, The Spanish Tragedy, is as ambiguous as the play’s content. According to critic Ian McAdam, the play’s ambiguity allows for two conflicting interpretations. He writes that the play is . . . in its very complexity, marked by gaps and discontinuities which, while not rendering it artistically incoherent, have led to striking discrepancies in critical readings; while some see Kyd patriotically asserting England’s political ascendancy over Spain’s ‘evil empire,’ others see the playwright taking a dangerously subversive stance toward (English) society itself.
The Spanish Tragedy and the Supernatural: Exploring the Coexistence of Patriotic and Subversive Interpretations in The Spanish Tragedy.
Undergraduate Review, 5, 140-143.
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