Quantifying Death, Calculating Revenge: Chettle’s Tragedy of Hoffman

  • Joseph JarrettEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter proposes that the quantification of death and the concomitant mathematical calculation of an appropriate revenge are made a particularly explicit component of Chettle’s Tragedy of Hoffman. It suggests that Chettle enters two distinctly mathematical models of revenge into a productive counterpoint in the play in order to interrogate the ethics of revenge, and to dramatise attempts at quantifying the parameters of equality and excess, parity and profit.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Magdalene CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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