Telling tragedy: narrative technique in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
Greek tragedy stages stories - ones already thoroughly familiar to their original audiences. Using recent narrative theory, this book explores the narrative strategies that sustain the complex relationship between the tragic poet and his sophisticated audience. It discusses how these sprawling stories were typically shaped by Aeschylus into suspenseful dramatic form; and then, once narrative patterns had become established, how these patterns were successively adapted, subverted, capped or ignored by Sophocles and Euripides in the annual attempt to recreate suspense and express fresh meanings relevant to the difficult last decades of the fifth century.
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actantial action Aegisthus Aeschylus Agamemnon Ajax ambiguous Antigone Aphrodite Apollo audience Bacchae Cassandra characters Choephoroe choral chorus Chrysothemis Clytemnestra communication complex create Creusa death deceit Deianeira developed dialogue Dionysus discussion disguise divine doloi dolos drama dream earlier Easterling effect Electra elements emotional entry Eteocles Euripidean Euripides example fact False Merchant fate focalisation fulfilment function future gives gods Helen Heracles hero Hippolytus Homer human Hyllus iambic trimeter Io's Iphigeneia in Tauris Lichas loop lyric Menelaus message narrative messenger speech murder narrative strategy narrator Neoptolemus Odysseus Oedipus offstage onstage opening oracle Orestes outcome Paedagogus Pentheus Phaedra Philoctetes play plot poet prediction present proleptic narrative prologue Prometheus prophecy Pylades recognition reference revenge rhesis role scene seems sense Septem sequence Sophocles stage figures stichomythia story structure suspense takes Tecmessa tells temporal Theban Theseus tion Trach Trachiniae traditional tragedy tragedy's tragic trilogy trimeter Troy Zeus