Alcestis and Other Plays by Euripides, Philip Vellacott

By Euripides, Philip Vellacott

One of many maximum playwrights of historic Greece, the works of Euripides (484-406 BC) have been innovative of their depiction of tragic occasions attributable to wrong humanity, and of their use of the gods as symbols of human nature. the 3 performs during this assortment express his talents because the sceptical questioner of his age. Alcestis, an early drama, tells the story of a queen who deals her personal existence in trade for that of her husband; solid as a tragedy, it includes passages of satire and comedy. The tragicomedy Iphigenia in Tauris melodramatically reunites the ill-fated kids of Agamemnon, whereas the natural tragedy of Hippolytus exhibits the deadly impression of Phaedra's unreasoning ardour for her chaste stepson. All 3 performs discover a deep gulf that separates guy from girl, and all depict an international ruled by means of amoral forces past human regulate.

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I’ll give you a match when you get the sticks together. ” “Well, we ain’t got no ketchup. You go get wood. An’ don’t you fool around. ” Lennie lumbered to his feet and disappeared in the brush. George lay where he was and whistled softly to himself. There were sounds of splashings down the river in the direction Lennie had taken. George stopped whistling and listened. “Poor bastard,” he said softly, and then went on whistling again. In a moment Lennie came crashing back through the brush. He carried one small willow stick in his hand.

Sure,” said George. “I seen plenty tough little guys. But this Curley better not make no mistakes about Lennie. ” “Well, Curley’s pretty handy,” the swamper said skeptically. “Never did seem right to me. S’pose Curley jumps a big guy an’ licks him. Ever’body says what a game guy Curley is. And s’pose he does the same thing and gets licked. Then ever’body says the big guy oughtta pick on somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy. Never did seem right to me. ” George was watching the door.

Well, he’s a pretty nice fella. Gets pretty mad sometimes, but he’s pretty nice. Tell ya what—know what he done Christmas? Brang a gallon of whisky right in here and says, ‘Drink hearty boys. ’ ” “The hell he did! ” “Yes sir. Jesus, we had fun. They let the nigger come in that night. Little skinner name of Smitty took after the nigger. Done pretty good, too. The guys wouldn’t let him use his feet, so the nigger got him. If he coulda used his feet, Smitty says he woulda killed the nigger. ” He paused in relish of the memory.

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