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Unformatted text preview: Hecuba 31/10/2007 12:50:00 I. Euripides the Poet (485-406 BCE) a. youngest of 3 tragic poets and usually most controversial b. very modern in many ways c. some would say he is rather postmodern his plays have these 4 characteristics: Inquiry into Abnormal Psychology Madness & Obsession o Use of Female Characters as Tragic Heroines o i. bit unusual for Greek poets o Open & Bold Questioning of Religion and the Gods o i.Greek myths ii. gods can be capricious, manipulative o Characters Espouse Philosophical Arguments i. At times characters or single character will engage in these arguments that seem to retract from the dramatic narrative best plays: Medeu o-Trojan women who are slaves and victims of war he presented his plays 22 times at festivals of Dionysus- winning first prize only 5 times. He wrote about 92 plays, we know titles of about 80 of them and we have about 19 of them. Salamis Key to Initial Interpretation of the Play: Nomos -many meanings: law, custom, authority -what is the ground on which we stand? What foundation exists for our society? What is the authoritating consensus on values? Basis- is it divine? Is it custom? Where does it come from? How is it taught? Euripides illustrates how nomos can be destroyed and what happens when it is. New nomos is created. Hecubas world is destroyed. She is the queen of Troy. She loses her city, her husband, her sons, her daughters. She is enslaved and the gods appear to have deserted her. Her nomos is gone- what happens? Euripides is almost responding to last play in oresteia- saying what happens when the foundation Aeschylus laid out is gone. -the consensus on which a society is based -gives us alternatives: o-custom o-divine what hecuba asks about her nomos is is it something we teach or is it something innate? She wonders about this at critical points in the plays. o-this raises an age old question of: Nature vs. Nurture II. The Characters and the Narrative of the Play Euripides illustrates how nomos can be destroyed and what happens when it is. New nomos is created. Hecubas world is destroyed. She is the queen of Troy. She loses her city, her husband, her sons, her daughters. She is enslaved and the gods appear to have deserted her. Her nomos is gone- what happens? Euripides is almost responding to last play in oresteia- saying what happens when the foundation Aeschylus laid out is gone....
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