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Unformatted text preview: CLAS 131 Notes 21 Family and Community Euripides, Medea Be able to:- identify the specific authorial choices that Euripides made in order to shape his particular version of this myth- discuss what Euripides achieves by shaping the myth in this particular way 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 parts of the story (e.g., Aeschylus presenting Clytemnestra rather than Aegisthus as the one who kills Agamemnon and emphasizing her motive for revenge)- making choices about how to tell the story, in terms of narrative structure and point of view (e.g., Homer choosing to begin the Odyssey with Telemachus)- delineating specific characters (e.g., Homers cautious and clever Penelope) Euripides, Hippolytus : First Version- Phaedra is intent on having sex with Hippolytus and attempts to seduce him in person- Hippolytus rejects her, Phaedra in revenge tells Theseus that he tried to rape her- Theseus curses Hippolytus, who dies; Phaedra commints suicide (?)Theseus curses Hippolytus, who dies; Phaedra commints suicide (?...
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