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A Study of Sophoclean Drama by G. M. Kirkwood

By G. M. Kirkwood

The reader will locate in bankruptcy I an outline of the association and function of this ebook. right here i want in basic terms say a number of phrases of clarification and discharge the friendly and critical accountability of acknowledging help.
The ebook is especially a philological learn of definite elements of Sophocles’ performs and is intended for the eye of these who're themselves engaged within the research of the performs. yet when you consider that, except the bankruptcy on diction, i've got often given quotations in translation, the booklet could be usable via those that learn Sophocles in translation simply. My line references and quotations stick with the Oxford Classical textual content of A. C. Pearson.

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You gotta be on one side or the other in this business. In any business . . "1 His son, Arnold, sees things differently: "You've got to get out and on top and look down and see, see what one thing is worth against another. The world is different now than when you were young. It's not there to be made now. " Nothing is resolved in the play. Arnold is not pressed to the point at which he has to balance the demands of personal loyalty against those of social conscience; Ben is allowed to brush off the temptation of a marital alliance in little more than a casual aside.

As he explained: "the Greek dramatist had more than a passing interest in psychology and character on the stage. But for him these were means to a larger end, and the end was what we isolate today as social. That is, the relations of man as a social animal, rather than his definition as a separated entity, was the dramatic goal" (A View from the Bridge, p. 1). The great achievement of the classical Greeks, as Miller saw it, was the integration of the psychological and the social. Drama, he thought, "gains its weight as it deals with more and more of the whole man, not either his subjective or his social life alone, and the Greek was unable to conceive of man or anything else except as a whole" (A View from the Bridge, p.

What the play does not resolve is Ben's future. Having married the company's book-keeper, will he remain in the family business or become a writer? Where did Arnold's sudden affection for Helen come from? Is it likely that Abe can so easily become adjusted to losing control of his own business? In a comedy, though, such issues are perhaps hardly central. In the course of three years, then, the play moved from being a committed social work to a light comedy, with all reference to the shipping clerks' strike eliminated.

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