Tag Archives: Play

The Tragic Hero: Oedipus the King

In Sophocles‘ play Oedipus the King, the title character fits all aspects of Aristotle‘s formula for the characteristics of a tragic hero. Oedipus fits the six qualities laid out by Aristotle perfectly, as if they had been molded for him. … Continue reading

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The Novel Form

One of the things that stand out the most while reading Henry Fielding’s Jonathan Wild, is how differently it is formatted from other works from the same period. Granted, The Beggar’s Opera is a play and thus formatted accordingly. But Moll Flanders, while … Continue reading

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Sophocles’ Religion

Sophocles devotion to his Athenian religion is reflected in the play Oedipus the King, illuminating the work’s overall meaning. Examining man’s responsibility for his own moral sanctity and his own sanity, Sophocles at the same time recognizes that in order … Continue reading

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Turning Back the Clock: How Flashbacks Are Used in Literature (Part 2)

Tim O’Brien also uses time travel in his critically acclaimed novel, In the Lake of the Woods. What makes these journeys to the past so much easier to identify and pay attention to in O’Brien’s novel versus Miller’s play? The … Continue reading

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Turning Back the Clock: How Flashbacks Are Used in Literature (Part 1)

Time. Time is something that affects us all. We can feel it aging us, passing us by – we know we are living right in the midst of it. However, despite our intimate experience with it, the vast wealth of … Continue reading

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Inspiration – “The Curious Savage” Says Goodbye to ‘Normal’

As we grow up, we place a lot of emphasis on fitting in. Some people argue that as we reach adulthood, such pressures fade, but they really don’t. Everyone wants to be part of a group, the group – no … Continue reading

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“A wife’s like a guinea in gold”: The Commodification of Women in “The Beggar’s Opera”

In The Beggar’s Opera, we find the inversions of many societal norms for comedic effect. As is true of all satires, these purposeful reversals of positions and definitions, while at one moment the cause for hilarity, also serve to expose … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Henry V and War

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remember’d. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. ~ King Henry V, Henry V Shakespeare’s histories … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Major Minor Characters

First of all, if you have yet to read or watch any version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, what are you doing with your life? Reading my blog? Stop, now, go to the library and pick up a copy. Better yourself, … Continue reading

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