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By Euripides, Philip Vellacott

One of many maximum playwrights of historical Greece, the works of Euripides (484-406 BC) have been innovative of their depiction of tragic occasions as a result of incorrect humanity, and of their use of the gods as symbols of human nature. the 3 performs during this assortment convey his skills because the sceptical questioner of his age. Alcestis, an early drama, tells the story of a queen who deals her personal lifestyles in trade for that of her husband; forged as a tragedy, it includes passages of satire and comedy. The tragicomedy Iphigenia in Tauris melodramatically reunites the ill-fated teenagers of Agamemnon, whereas the natural tragedy of Hippolytus exhibits the deadly effect of Phaedra's unreasoning ardour for her chaste stepson. All 3 performs discover a deep gulf that separates guy from lady, and all depict a global ruled by means of amoral forces past human keep an eye on.

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They were working toward something. I want to work toward something. I feel dead. ” Nilson nodded. “I see. You’re God-damn right I see. ” “Second year in high-school. ” Jim smiled. “I’ve read a lot. My old man didn’t want me to read. He said I’d desert my own people. But I read anyway. One day I met a man in the park. He made lists of things for me to read. Oh, I’ve read a hell of a lot. He made lists like Plato’s Republic, and the Utopia, and Bellamy, and like Herodotus and Gibbon and Macaulay and Carlyle and Prescott, and like Spinoza and Hegel and Kant and Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

He is interested in this specific scene not for its timely peculiarities but as a recurrence of conditions that have fomented disaster constantly throughout history and even in the myths of prehistory (hence the appropriation of Milton’s phrase). But if this novel is not primarily the story of a dubious confrontation set against the wasteland background of the Depression of the 1930s; not a profound meditation on the differences between human beings operating as individuals or as group-creatures; not a confrontation between sympathetic individuals (like Doc Burton and the strike leaders) about quotidian realities continuing to evolve when intellectual abstractions tend toward petrifaction; nor an earthbound analogy to Milton’s Paradise Lost, what indeed is it about?

But I read anyway. One day I met a man in the park. He made lists of things for me to read. Oh, I’ve read a hell of a lot. He made lists like Plato’s Republic, and the Utopia, and Bellamy, and like Herodotus and Gibbon and Macaulay and Carlyle and Prescott, and like Spinoza and Hegel and Kant and Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He even made me read Das Kapital. He was a crank, he said. He said he wanted to know things without believing them. ” Harry Nilson was quiet for a while. Then he said, “You see why we have to be so careful.

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