Sacrifice and care are attributes that are difficult to map onto commonplace understandings of subjectivity. Perhaps that is because subjectivity has long been thought in gendered ways that leave little place for the seemingly feminine.
By seeing how heroic masculinity passes on a legacy of hatred and violence that continues old injustices, what comes to the fore is the vital need to acknowledge our own personal connections to histories of violence.
Shakespeare's famous play cautions against thinking ourselves at the center of a drama of vengeance.
Holly Crocker is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She has published widely on gender, politics, and philosophy in medieval and early modern British literatures. She is currently completing a book entitled "The Matter of Virtue: Women's Ethical Action from Chaucer to Shakespeare."