Not Two: Denial and Duality in Hamlet


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

Among the simplest and most primitive symbols used by man to signify what is evil, wrong, or impure are those for the figures nought and two. One was pure, positive, and right; this symbol was opposed by nought, as less than one, and by two, as a duplication of one. Of course the idea persists to this day; the negative is the dark side of the picture: the two-faced are not to be trusted.

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