3.24 - The Maid's Tragedy. So we've finally come to the...

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The Maid’s Tragedy. So we’ve finally come to the point of sthupping the maid. The play is set in Rhodes, which isn’t mainland Greece, but an island off the shore. This is people on an island watching a play about people on an island. We’ve a highly sexual woman and it takes people a while to die. They don’t go off and die first thing here. The revenge isn’t for a death, but for honor. Women take up the sword and they talk back to men. Domestic and revenge tragedies are intertwining. This king keeps men from going to war so that he can attempt to have sex with the wife. Commentary on tyranny. So which maid are we talking about in the title? By making it just “maid,” we get to have more tragedies for the price of one. This is obsessed with death, decay, and female sexuality. We open with two guys being guys. They’re foreshadowing what’s to come with the wedding night, but just guys being guys. Beware of flattery: if you’re out to flatter, the you need to do this, otherwise, your head is screwed. So, uh, where were you at the last battle?
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EGL 362.02 taught by Professor Videbaek during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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