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One of antiquity's maximum poets, Euripides (ca. 485-406 BCE) has been prized in all ages for the pathos, terror, superb plot twists, and highbrow probing of his dramatic creations. right here, within the 3rd quantity of a brand new version that's receiving a lot compliment, are 4 of his plays.

Suppliant Women displays on battle and at the rule of legislation. Euripides's Electra--presenting the recognized legend of a brother and sister who search revenge on their mom for killing their father--is a portrayal apparently varied from that of Aeschylus or Sophocles. Heracles exhibits the malice of the gods--and mutual loyalty because the human reaction to divinely despatched disaster.

David Kovacs provides us a freshly edited Greek textual content and a brand new translation that, within the phrases of Greece and Rome, is "close to the Greek and reads fluently and well."

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CP, Si, p. 19) These lines exemplify the kind of linguistic technique which is often cited to support Brecht's claim that his theatre encouraged a rational response in the spectator. It is the technique of the missing logical link. 12 The sentence speaks about two distinct things: greatness - or the lack of it - and fondness for food, linking them simply with the word 'und'. The connection between the two things is not made explicit, but must be supplied 'by the spectator himself'. ' But, of course, we have not really come to this insight by our own efforts.

But no such feelings should influence our judgement if we are involved, as members of a jury, in establishing whether someone has committed a crime. In court the only thing which can - or should determine guilt or innocence is rationally presented evidence, and any judge or jury would act very improperly if it allowed its feelings about the case to interfere with a purely rational assessment of the evidence. Since Brecht's theatre intends to put the audience precisely into the position of judge or jury (hence the many trial scenes within the plays themselves), feelings such as 'anger at injustice' do not have a theoretically defensible place in the epic theatre, if Brecht was serious about wanting to ensure the spectator's independence of mind.

In his last play, the unfinished The Mountain Female Masks 23 Giants, that actress was torn to pieces by the audience for daring to challenge their demands and, although Marta Abba did not appear in the role of Ilse, the character is clearly related to the female figures he created especially for her. A striking feature of Pirandello's career was his willingness to learn. He kept changing his ideas about the theatre, moving from the hostility expressed in an essay of 1899 to the celebratory in his address to the Volta Congress in 1934.

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