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To Out-Herod Herod: The Development of a Dramatic Character


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Hamlet condemns Herod to an important but one-dimensional position in the development of English drama when he commands the touring players:

O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to totters, to very rags, to spleet the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipt for o'erdoing Termagant, it out-Herods Herod, pray you avoid it. (III.ii)

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