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Unformatted text preview: Menelaus in a way is symbolic of Ajax killing himself. o Once he realizes that he has killed the livestock and the madness is lifted, he has an existential death. o Anagnorisis He realizes that he has killed the livestock and recognizes that he has died because of his actions. o Akrasia He errs willingly because he consciously tries to kill Agamemnon, Menelaus, and Odysseus. o He redeems himself by killing himself with Hectors sword, which is symbolic of him having died at the hands of Hector. He symbolically becomes the sword. o Imperative Ajax commits suicide in order to redeem himself and preserve his time and kleos. o Impulse Tecmessa and his child are his obligation, and they present an alternate reason for which to survive. o Odysseus He argues that Ajax, regardless of how much he hated him, still deserves a proper burial....
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course CLST 271 taught by Professor Shelko during the Fall '11 term at Loyola Chicago.
- Fall '11