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The Bacchae

his divine powers. However, Pentheus is too ignorant and stubborn to make the correct decision. At this point, the audience views Pentheus in a negative way and is able to see that the plot will not end well for Pentheus. The only suspense that Euripides leaves the audience waiting for is to see what further tragic mistakes Pentheus will make before his death. Dionysus, rather mercifully, gives Pentheus one last chance to save himself from his horrible fate. This opportunity comes when a herdsman...

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The Chorus In Oedipus The King

that speak, sing, and dance together. The Chorus is part of a ritual theme in Greek tragedy plays. In each play the Chorus many functions, and sometimes can have similar roles as other choruses in other plays. Specifically in the Bacchae, a play by Euripides and in Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the Chorus were an important part of the play and had different functions. In the Bacchae, the Chorus’ was more reserved an not so involved but their main goal was to show how to respect and give honor to the...

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Sophocles and Medea S Words

King Creon. She intended to hurt him and the plan of revenge was a success. Though this success did not come without a price as implied in Medea’s words, “I have a raise you children but it was no use . . . I had hoped so much when you were born” (Euripides n.p.). “Antigone” and “Medea’s” conflict of resolution are similar in most ways, but different in others. In “Antigone”, Creon lets his pride and stubbornness give rise to tyranny. As a result, his character flaws led to suffering, tragedy and...

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Alcestis: Greek And Roman Mythology

claim that the play offers is the fact that she will die for him. Therefore, he is relegated to choosing between death and the perfect wife, who is perfect because she’ll die for him, effectively making the perfect wife impossible to obtain. While Euripides uses a language that appeals in a very direct way to the audience’s emotion, these same lines, after the play’s happy resolution, come across as rather up-played, seemingly to the point of satire. He depicts Alcestis weeping at Death’s approach:...

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Greek Theater

or cry, they were like Biblical parables used to teach. The protagonist in a tragedy almost always has a self-conflict that inevitably ends in a collision with reality, fate, or society. Great tragedies were written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides between 500 BC and 400 BC. Aeschylus was basically the first playwright who added a second actor, introduced props and scenery, and brought the chorus of 50 members down to 12. Starting in 484 BC, 3 parts forming trilogies. His most famous work...

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The Chorus in Samson

effect by its continuous presence: it is able both to sympathise with Samson and to give an external point of view which makes his situation seem simpler and more vivid to us. In Milton, as in the earlier Greek tragedies, the choruses are not, as in Euripides, mere interludes; they enforce aspects of the action, as in Aeschylus and Sophocles. Thus in its parode or opening song, the chorus emphasises Sampson’s former heroism and present misery and sets the right perspective for the tragedy. By raising...

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athenian festivals

would be performed in the theatre of Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine and was later considered a patron of the arts. The theatre itself was on the southern slopes of the Acropolis. It staged works by the playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes and they were some of the greatest works of this time. The festival itself provided a showcase to display the artistic talents of Athens and helped demonstrate her supremacy over the other Greek states and even helped to demonstrate...

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Oedipus & Hyppolitus Comarison

Oedipus and Hyppolitus Misfortune “The most tragic of plays is witnessing a good man come to a bad end through a peripeteia” Aristotle. Sophocles and Euripides present in their plays two main characters that after a sudden and unexpected reverse of circumstances, their lives completely change, arousing a sense of pity from the reader. Oedipus, originate more pity from the reader than Hippolytus, because of the actions they make and their reaction to the occurrence of events that causes the dramatically...

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tragedy the fact comes out very clear that, he (Milton) was writing a drama with the careful consideration to both Aristotle’s classical theory of tragedy, and to the actual examples of Greek drama, particularly the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides et al. Now structurally speaking, Samson Agonistes shows Milton’s complete mastery over the mechanism of Greek tragedy, because it remains as it does possible to divide the play into the several parts of a tragedy as defined...

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Tragedy in Theatre

In a drama, a tragedy is the occurrence of unfortunate and consequently, disastrous events or circumstances that fall upon the protagonist in the play. Looking back hundreds of years ago we come across playwrights like Shakespeare and Euripides. Both have written some very tragic pieces, but which one wins for writing the most tragic play? A comparison between Hamlet and The Bacchae shows many similarities but also, many differences. This two pieces show very revealing characters enduring human struggle...

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