Alcestis Essays

  • The Theme of Alcestis

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    The Theme of Alcestis Alcestis by Euripides is distinct from other Greek Tragedy, due to its fairy tale origins. It was the fourth play in a set and would therefore have taken the place of a satyr-play. Satyr-plays were usually a light, comic play used as a form of relief from the previous heavy tragedies. The play has its comic elements, Heracles and Death playing the main comic figures but is there a more serious meaning hidden within the comedy? Philip Vellacott in his introduction

  • Power for Women in Alcestis and Hippolytus

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    occasionally assert dominance in the household; although, even within the home they posses limited influence over their husbands. An interesting theme runs though Euripides theatrical tragedies Alcestis and Hippolytus. In each play the lead female character forgoes her life for the sake of love. In Alcestis, Alcestis willingly gives her life to prevent her husband Admentus' death. In Hipplytus, Phaedra chooses to commits suicide as a result of falling in love with her husband’s son and refusing to be

  • Penelope and Alcestis as Ideal Greek Females

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    Penelope of the Odyssey and Alcestis of Alcestis as Ideal Greek Females Although there is some disagreement concerning the Greek’s definition of the ideal female, there is little disagreement that two women represented this Greek ideal. The character of Penelope of Homer's Odyssey 1 and Alcestis of Euripides' Alcestis 2, came to represent the same ideal of female excellence. The Greeks referred to this ideal female as a sophron woman. The qualities possessed by a sophron woman are tangible;

  • Alcestis

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    Alcestis is a myth that is "the most touching of all the Greek dramas to a modern audience" (Lind 213). It is a tragicomedy by the playwright Euripides and it centers on the king and queen of Thessalia. Admetus, the king, has been fated to die yet, due to his alliance with Apollo, is given the chance to find a replacement. His wife, Alcestis, volunteers for the position claiming that she cannot imagine life without her husband. After Alcestis submits her life, Admetus discovers the pain of loss and

  • Hellenistic Marriages Can Be Mutually Supportive

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    marriages as loveless or purely functional. However, it should be noted that there are definite examples of these marriages being mutually supportive and loving. One can see these characteristics especially well in two works, Oeconomicus by Xenophon, and Alcestis by Euripides. Although different, these two stories demonstrate both the mutual support and love that can be found in Hellenistic marriages. In Xenophon’s Oeconomicus, Ischomachos describes his own marriage to Socrates who then relates it to Kritoboulos

  • The Underworld, Logos, and the Poetic Imagination

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    is something to be feared and avoided as long as possible. Poetry's representation of death has changed dramatically since Homer, especially in the hands of more modern poets like Rilke and Gregory Orr, who, in their handling of the Orpheus and Alcestis myths, treat death as desirable, even more fulfilling than life. In the earlier Greek versions of the Orpheus myth, Eurydice reacts with despair when she loses her only chance to return to the realm of the living. In the modern poetry of Rilke and

  • Euripides: Bacchae, Alcestis, And Medea

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    A few of Euripides's most famous tragedies are Hippolytus, The Bacchae, Alcestis, and Medea. He displayed his first set of tragedies at the Great Dionysia in 455 B.C., but did not win his first award until 441. In fact, he won only five awards and the fifth of these was announced subsequent to his death. Medea won 3rd prize, Alcestis won second as well as The Trojan Women. Iphigenia at Aulis, Bacchae, and Hippolytus took 1st place. The Cyclops, the only

  • Women in Euripides' Alcestis, Medea, Andromache, and Bacchae

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    somewhat bizarre. His female characters kill out of revenge, kill out of jealousy and kill because a god possessed them too. In Alcestis and Andromache Euripides does produce classic heroic female characters. The women in Medea and The Bacchae are not your typical heroines but serve to show the same theme of female liberation as the women in Alcestis and Andromache. While Alcestis is straight forward with its message, the other three plays mask their true intentions from the people they are created to

  • The Coming Schism By James E. And Alcestis R. Oberg

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    Some of the easier issues have been resolved, such as escaping the forces of gravity to reach outer space. More of these problems are far more arduous and the solutions need more time to be worked out properly. In “The Coming Schism” by James E. and Alcestis R. Oberg, humans have already begun colonizing space, yet there are

  • Roman Sarcophagi: Evolving Mythological Depictions and Cultural Expressions

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    on sarcophagi usually stress the virtue of the hero and the grief felt at their death. The virtue of heroes is commonly seen with men such as Herakles, and the completion of his twelve labours. Conversely, the Alcestis myth illustrates that women can be depicted as heroes as well. Alcestis was the subject of a Euripidian tragedy,

  • Women in Ancient Greece

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    plays such as Alcestis and Medea, he clearly puts an emphasis on the condition of women, and even integrates them in the Chorus of the latter play, a feat that was not often done in Ancient Greece. Throughout the years, it has been argued that the two central characters in each of those plays offer conflicting representations of women in those times, and I can safely say that I agree with that argument. I will expand on my view by pointing out an important similarity between Alcestis and Medea, followed

  • Strong And Noble Women In Greek Tragedies

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    In the ancient Greek time women were supposed to be noble creature and be strong for their household. These tragedy plays have no doubt portray that concept as such. Three examples of strong and noble women from Greek tragedy plays is Antigone, Alcestis, and Medea. Firstly, Antigone is one of the primary example of a strong and noble women in Greek tragedy plays because she was told not to bury her brother who was a traitor to their city by her king.

  • Women's Role In Greek Tragedies

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    exemplified in the plays written by Euripides and Sophocles and the rich characters they created. Works like “Alcestis”, “The Medea”, and “Antigone” all feature titular characters who show and embody the nobility and power of women. In the play “Alcestis” by Euripides the title character is a great example of a female character who displays the nobility of women. In the play, Alcestis, the wife Admetus, bravely

  • Euripides: A Greek Playwright

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    Euripides: A Greek Playwright Euripides is a keen witness to the human character and the father of the psychological theater. His plays were modern at the time compared to others because of the way he focused on the personal lives and motives of his characters, in a manner that was unfamiliar to Greek audiences. His plays have often been seen, in simple terms, bad because critics have been unable to comprehend his visions. The ideas and concepts that Euripides developed were not accepted until

  • Death Motif Of Death

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    her own hands to insure that they would be together again. The imagery laced throughout this myth, as discussed, also shows the theme of marriage. Interpretation of the “marriage and death” motif is made easier in the following myth, Admetus and Alcestis, due to the oikos persisting after

  • Gender Conflicts In Medea

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    From what we have already read, Medea is a play that has different ideas, and conflicts which we haven’t read yet. Until this point, we have read about Greek females who perform actions out of the love they have for their husband or family members. However, Medea is a female who performs a gruesome action because she wants “revenge” on her husband who she thinks betrayed her for another woman. The author of Greek Tragedy, Simon Goldhill, told us that Greek tragedies often held gender conflicts while

  • Zeus In Beowulf

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    The Good Guys Zeus hero: Woman was not yet made. The story (absurd enough!) is that Zeus made her, and sent her to Prometheus and his brother, to punish them for their presumptions in stealing fire from heaven; and man, for accepting the gift. The first woman was named Pandora. She was made in heaven, every god contributing something to perfect her. Aphrodite gave her beauty,Hermes persuasion, Apollo music, etc. Thus equipped, she was conveyed to earth, and presented to Epimetheus, who gladly accepted

  • Comparative Analysis of Love: Plato and Carver

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    Despite these works being written over centuries apart, the authors correlation of the concepts of love were notable. Plato’s Symposium was composed of different views regarding their definitions of love, while Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” focuses on what a group of friends talk about on the topic of love. Both pieces contain groups of people discussing their ideologies and relatable experiences, which in the end emphasize the complexity and variety of this emotion. Even

  • Euripides Support of Women’s Rights

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    Euripides Support of Women’s Rights One can hardly deny that in Euripides’ plays women are often portrayed as weak, uncertain, and torn between what they must do and what they can bring themselves to do.  Other women appear to be the root of grave evils, or simply perpetrators of heinous crimes.  In a day when analysis of characters and plot had yet to be invented, it is easy to see why he might have been thought to be very much against women.  However, when looking back with current understanding

  • Color Black In Western Culture

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    While the history behind color is broad, there are several issues concerning its importance in the world of symbolism. The color black has progressed through a plethora of associations and definitions through the ages. In Ancient Eastern times, the hue embodied great power and magnitude, a token of wealth and rich, earthy life, yet it now alludes to evil and corruption. Despite the negative meaning the dark hue has become synonymous for, previous philosophical teachings acknowledge not only its ominous