ISSN: 2003-2222

Author : Hassan Salumee, Azhar

Deviation of Grice's Manner Maxim In Hamlet 's Character

Azhar Hassan Salumee

Al-Bahith Journal, 2017, Volume 7, Issue 19, Pages 6-23

The present study
addresses the issue of
implication in
Shakespeare's Hamlet,
viewed from a Gricean
perspective. Conversational
exchanges are chosen and
analysed with regard to acts
of non-observance
(Violating) of Gricean
manner maxim. The
researcher has found out
that the character Hamlet
violates the manner maxim
by using too many words,
repeating information,
stating ambiguous
speeches, and using
obscure expressions. The
reasons behind this
violation vary from
unwillingness to cooperate
to misleading the people. In
other words, Hamlet in
violating this maxim aims at
getting the hearer not to
know the truth but to build
his/her understanding on
the surface meaning of the
words. Hopefully, these
findings would improve the
understanding of the
violation of manner maxim
specifically for misleading
and enable the reader to