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Yorkshire Tragedy

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Yorkshire Tragedy by Thomas Middleton is a disturbing and unsettling play that explores themes of jealousy, revenge, and the destructive power of unchecked emotions. The story follows a Yorkshire gentleman who becomes consumed by jealousy over his wife's perceived infidelity, leading him to commit a series of horrific crimes in a fit of madness.

Middleton's vivid and intense language creates a sense of tension and foreboding throughout the play, drawing the reader into the character's descent into darkness. The characters are complex and multi-dimensional, with each one contributing to the tragic events that unfold.

While the subject matter may be difficult to read at times, Yorkshire Tragedy is a powerful and thought-provoking work that forces the reader to confront the darker aspects of human nature. Middleton's exploration of the consequences of jealousy and obsession serves as a cautionary tale, reminding us of the dangers of allowing our emotions to control our actions.

Overall, Yorkshire Tragedy is a compelling and impactful play that delves into the depths of the human psyche, leaving a lasting impression on those who experience it.

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A Yorkshire Tragedy: Not So New as Lamentable and True (1619) tells the gruesome tale of Walter Calverly who stabbed his wife and killed his two young sons in April 1605. This recording is based on the text of the second quarto, which was attributed to William Shakespeare on its title page.

This transcription is based on the 1619 quarto at the Boston Public Library. Students completed the transcription in the fall of 2013 for English 422 (Seminar on

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