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By Euripides, Philip Vellacott

One of many maximum playwrights of old Greece, the works of Euripides (484-406 BC) have been innovative of their depiction of tragic occasions as a result of improper humanity, and of their use of the gods as symbols of human nature. the 3 performs during this assortment exhibit 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 alternate for that of her husband; forged as a tragedy, it comprises passages of satire and comedy. The tragicomedy Iphigenia in Tauris melodramatically reunites the ill-fated kids of Agamemnon, whereas the natural tragedy of Hippolytus indicates the deadly influence of Phaedra's unreasoning ardour for her chaste stepson. All 3 performs discover a deep gulf that separates guy from lady, and all depict a global ruled by way of amoral forces past human keep an eye on.

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He felt much as an astronomer feels who has discovered a new planet舒no doubt, as far as strong, deep, unalloyed pleasure is concerned, the advantage was with the boy, not the astronomer. The summer evenings were long. It was not dark, yet. Presently Tom checked his whistle. A stranger was before him舒a boy a shade larger than himself. A newcomer of any age or either sex was an impressive curiosity in the poor little shabby village of St. Petersburg. This boy was well dressed, too舒well dressed on a weekday.

9 Even so, he continued to understand this story of a boy舗s life as fundamentally a vehicle for adult satire. 舡 Howells, after reading the manuscript, told Twain that he felt that the novel舗s satirical elements were too dominant, and he had some advice: 舠I think you should treat it explicitly as a boy舗s story. 舡10 Howells, as America舗s preeminent man of letters, had great influence on Twain, and his counsel舒as well as that of Twain舗s wife, Olivia, who agreed with Howells about making this a children舗s book舒must have weighed heavily on the author.

Along with the 舠bad boy,舡 represented by Tom, Twain gives us the 舠good boy舡 in the person of Tom舗s half-brother, Sid, who relentlessly reports Tom舗s misdeeds to Aunt Polly. Even more objectionable than 舠good boy舡 Sid is the 舠Model Boy of the village舡 (p. 10), Willie Mufferson, who took 舠as heedful care of his mother as if she were cut glass舡: 舠The boys all hated him, he was so good舡 (p. 35). A variation on the Model Boy is Alfred Temple, 舠that St. Louis smarty that thinks he dresses so fine and is aristocracy舡 (p.

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