The Excess of Violence

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi

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Hamlet’s character is famous for inaction and for »words, words, words,« (II.2.191) and yet not only does he carry out many »actions« throughout the play, but some of them are also quite violent. Violence, according to the Oxford dictionary, is »behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something;« and also »strength of emotion or of a destructive natural force« ( In addition to the violent events that frame the play — the murder of King Hamlet by Claudius that sets the play in action and the bloodshed that dominates the stage at the end — Hamlet himself is responsible for many violent acts that manifest his capability for performing different kinds of hurting, damaging, or killing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHamlet Handbuch
Subtitle of host publicationStoffe, Aneignungen, Deutungen
EditorsPeter W. Marx
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherJ. B. Metzler Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-476-00516-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-476-02352-0
StatePublished - 2014


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