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2_13_09 - CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR Repeat announcement Our...

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CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/13/09 Repeat announcement: Our second test will be on Monday, 2/16. The format will be exactly the same as last year’s second test, which is available in a folder in the Course Documents area of the Blackboard site. Please test yourself as you will be tested. Please remember to staple the five journals due on Monday at the upper lefthand corner. Hippolytus (cont.) We come to the end of the play with a real mess, and no clear way to resolve it. So, Artemis as deus ex machina 216- Artemis says it is all Aphrodite's fault, but that gods can't turn against one another. She would not have let this happen, but she feared Zeus. 219- Aphrodite will be punished severely -Artemis will kill the next mortal whom Aphrodite loves. Does that make us feel any better about Hippolytus’ fate? On pp. 220-221, at Artemis command, Hippolytus forgives his father, and they are reconciled. That reconciliation is important. As deus ex machina , Artemis does not simply get the play to turn out in a way compatible with the larger body of mythical narrative. As Heracles does in Philoctetes , she brings something more. In this play, she specifically brings about the reconciliation of father and son before Hippolytus' death. The story is a tragedy, but it would have been infinitely sadder had Theseus and Hippolytus not reconciled. In this play, as in living, horrible things happen, and the best that one can sometimes hope for is that those terrible things not cripple or destroy our relationships with those whom we love. The reconciliation, and Theseus' survival with the knowledge of it, show a profound respect for the human capacity to endure the traumas the in one way or another touch all of us.
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