"Euripides" Essays and Research Papers

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Euripides’ Electra Tragedy, as defined by Aristotle, has a multi-faceted meaning. The Aristotelian definition of a perfect tragedy, artistically states that tragedy must comprise of several elements; the perfect character, hamartia, a complex plot structure, suffering within close relationships, and a terrible/pitiful event. Euripides’ Electra generally follows the Aristotelian structure of tragedy, but due to the inclusion of two non-heroic characters and other unforeseen elements, Electra stands...

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Euripides in Ancient Greece

left a significant impact on Greek culture: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Out of the three most influential playwrights of ancient Greek times, Euripides turned out to be the most distinct. Euripides was born in 480 BCE on the island of Salamis. He lived during the time of the Peloponnesian War. Throughout his life, Euripides did not have a good reputation merely because of the fact that he wrote out of the ordinary. Euripides drifted away from the beliefs and standards of plays during his time...

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Similarities Between Euripides And Lysistrata

Euripides and Aristophanes, two authors who attempted to write about the female experience in Greek society. Euripides was a Greek dramatist who wrote his play Medea, from the perspective of a woman who is miserable in her subordinate role in life. While Aristophanes was an Athenian comic playwright, who wrote Lysistrata, from his own perspective of the women's revolt during the Peloponnesian War. Both authors paint an interesting picture of how women were viewed during this time, with many similarities...

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Aeschylus Vs Euripides Analysis

poet to give Athens much needed advice to save it from what seems to be the inevitable end to the Peloponnesian war, one might consider either Euripides or Aeschylus. Both are excellent tragedians. Based on one’s political beliefs, one will probably easily choose one over the other because they stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Euripides is for a more socially progressive state, whereas Aeschylus is for a more conservative form. However, there is a third, and in fact better option...

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Analysis of Euripides, Medea.

Analysis of Euripides, Medea. In this paper I will analyze and dissect the written play Medea, and give direct supporting evidence of my interpretation, from the play and my knowledge of the Greek theatre acquired in chapter 3 and 11 in The Enjoyment Of Theatre. Euripides great tragedy Medea, although written in 431 B.C. is a very true to life story in today’s world. It is about a woman betrayed by her husband, and how her jealousy and overwhelming pain drive her to seek revenge on...

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The Characterization of Medea in Euripides and Ovid

The Medea by Euripides, Heroides XII: Medea to Jason by Ovid Both Fifth century B.C. playwright Euripides and Roman poet and dramatist Ovid tell the story of Jason ditching Medea for another woman; however, they do not always share a perspective on the female matron's traits, behavior, and purpose. Euripides portrays a woman who reacts to injustice by beginning a crusade to avenge all who harmed her which she is prepared to see through even if it means resorting to the most contemptible methods...

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Secondary Character In Euripides The Bacchae

the roles of secondary characters’ often bear inferiority in value to their stories. Agave, however, shows otherwise in Euripides’ play The Bacchae. Her role is responsible for major events in the play’s plot and the creation of the plays conflict. By analyzing Agave throughout the text of the Bacchae it becomes clear how influential she is on the story. Agave, in Euripides’, The Bacchae, maintains the status of a secondary character, but she is one of the play’s most important characters. The...

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Balance in Euripides' 'the Bacchae'

Passage one: The Chorus’ first speech, page 193 to 196 Passage two: Dionysus and Pentheus’ exchange, 206 to 209 Passage three: Dionysus’ final speech, 241 to 242 Euripides’ The Bacchae explores the polarities of logic and impulse that are both inherent in human nature within a world fatally lacking in balance. In evoking the very extremes of both rigorous rationale and primal instinct, the folly of a linear worldview is tragically rendered. In the Chorus’ emphatic exaltation of Dionysus...

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Short Analysis of Medea by Euripides

enables her to manipulate others. We also see, in this passage, hints of the pride that defines Medea and is part of the reason for her carrying out her revenge – she refuses to be seen as weak, and shame is something she cannot bear. It is part of Euripides’ underlying message – while one cannot discredit emotion, it can be dangerous and leads to what follows in the play. The Chorus only have a minor role in this passage, but it is an example of their overall role in the play. At this point, being...

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Revenge in "Medea", by Euripides, and "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende

the situation to the point where the characters forget about morals and beliefs for retribution. In the novel, The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende, and the play, Medea, by Euripides, the characters from both works react intensely to get revenge on others. Although Allende mainly uses effective diction, and Euripides the power of the chorus, both authors challenge the view that when faced with injustice, defiance is the solution. In The House of the Spirits, Allende’s use of diction enhances...

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