In Walter Benjamin’s essay, Towards a Critique of Violence (1921), the character of the “great criminal” gets to be mentioned twice. He is the one who can create new law, just as a Hegelian “hero”. Such description could apply to Sophokles’ Ajax, to his proud staying in silence, while the audience and the readers are disconcerted. This contribution aims to discuss the implications of such identifications, showing how it could be more useful to investigate, more than Ajax’ madness and suicide, his words in his famous Trugrede, the misleading discourse he holds in front of the faithful chorus

Autocritica della violenza. Riflessioni su Aiace e il “grande criminale”

Palma, Massimo
2021

Abstract

In Walter Benjamin’s essay, Towards a Critique of Violence (1921), the character of the “great criminal” gets to be mentioned twice. He is the one who can create new law, just as a Hegelian “hero”. Such description could apply to Sophokles’ Ajax, to his proud staying in silence, while the audience and the readers are disconcerted. This contribution aims to discuss the implications of such identifications, showing how it could be more useful to investigate, more than Ajax’ madness and suicide, his words in his famous Trugrede, the misleading discourse he holds in front of the faithful chorus
violence, hero, critics, criminal, lie.
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