INCITEMENT PASSAGE: A conventional scene in medieval Germanic sagas in which a female character urges one or more male characters to commit acts of violence against a target for her own selfish reasons--such as vengeance or ambition. The female character might play upon the other male character's sense of honor, question his masculinity, or simply lie to him. An example appears in The Nibelungenlied, in which Brünhild moves Gunther and Hagen to violence. A more familiar example for English students outside of medieval Germanic literature might be Lady Macbeth's manipulation of Macbeth in Shakespeare. Cf. .


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