title The Spanish Tragedie, Containing the lamentable end of Don Horatio, and Bel- imperia: with the pittifull death of old Hieronimo.
author Thomas Kyd
type of worek Play
language English (with interspersed Latin)
time and place written 1582–1592 (most likely in the late 1580's), England
date of first publication 1592
publisher Edward Allde
narrator Andrea and Revenge serve as quasi-narrators
climax There are two: the murder of Don Horatio in Act II.v, and the playlet Soliman and Perseda, in IV.iv.
protagonist Hieronimo, the Knight-Marshal of Spain
antagonists Lorenzo (primary) and Balthazar (secondary)
setting (time) Late sixteenth-century
setting (place) The Spanish and Portuguese courts, and the estate of the Spanish King surrounding his court
falling action After killing Lorenzo and Balthazar, Hieronimo runs off to commit suicide. The King, the Viceroy, and the Duke of Castile attempt to stop him, and question him; but he ends up biting off his tongue. When he asks for a knife to sharpen his pen so that he can write out a confession, he stabs himself and the Duke of Castile.
foreshadowing The "dumb-show" in Act III.xv; Lorenzo's threats in II.ii.
tone Ironic; serious; tragic
themes Justice and revenge; love and memory; fortune; reality vs. appearance
motifs The Classical World vs. the Christian world; Machiavellianism; antithesis and irony; the meta-theater
symbols The bloody handkerchief