Narcissism to Suicide: Romeo and Juliet
This chapter moves discussion from the self‐reflections of Narcissus to the self‐destructive action of the suicidal subject. It examines rhetorical figures of repetition in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and its source‐texts to show how a dynamic of sympathy, reciprocation, or bandying has dangerous and aggressive potential. The eroticized suicide of the loving couple is understood in relation to its civil war context, blurring distinctions between the martial and erotic.
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