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Unformatted text preview: October 3, 2007 Euripides, Medea Family and Community Variability of Myth • Myth: a traditional story, anonymous and variable • Individual authors (and artists) adapt myths to make their own artistic statements by (for example)- Adding to, altering, or omitting p arts of the story (e.g., Hesiod possible changing the of Prom etheus’ trick on Zeus, or o mitting the role of Prom eth eus as the creator of hu m anity)- Making choices a bout how to t ell the story, in t erms of n arrative structure a nd point o view (e.g., Hom er choosing to b egin the Odyssey with Telemachus)- Delineating sp ecific characters (e.g., Hom er’s cautious and clever Penelope) • Euripides, Hippolytus Mark 1- Pha edra intent on h aving sex with Hippolytus, att e m pts to seduce him in p erson- Hippolytus rejects h er; Pha edra in reveng e tells Theseus that h e tried to rape her- Theseus curses Hippolytus, who dies; Phaedra co m mits suicide (?) • Cf. Potiphar’s Wife (Genesis 39:1-20) Jason and Mede a in Earlier Myth...
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07
- Medea, Exile, Medea, Jason, Nurse, Chorus, Creon