chapter  7
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My aim has been to trace the way revenge is used in a range of early modern plays so as to explore family and state institutions. These readings have sought to examine the diff erent ways these plays use reciprocal violence as a problematic enabling the reconstruction of private households and state formations (and the relations between them). Accordingly, this book seeks to examine some of the ways in which the privatisation of the family has been represented on stage, the social disturbances associated with that process and the subsequent co-option of the private family by the state.