A discussion of how human behavior appears to be guided by irrational forces in Euripides' "Medea" and in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
# 92827 | 1,230 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Mar 01, 2007 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
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The paper illustrates how, throughout "The Twelfth Night," we see how the characters are the prey of irrational forces when we look at the series of mistaken identities. The paper also shows how in "Medea" the irrational takes on a more radical form and drives the character on a series of terrible murders. The paper demonstrates how in both the Shakespearean comedy and the Greek tragedy, human behavior is seriously influenced by the irrational forces. The paper portrays how these forces take on different forms, from love to jealousy and the desire of revenge and how they always make use of devices to attain their purposes.
From the Paper:"Shakespeare blends in his play everything that can be an exponent of the irrational: the play is filled with cases of mistaken identity, with gender as well as identity disguises, with pun-making about reality, and with the play of fools and clowns who interfere in the action of the play at every step. The beginning of the play itself is very suggestive: Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are shipwrecked, and lose each other's trace on the shore of a fictive country with the name of Illyria, an obvious pun as, Hartmann observes, composed "out of Ill and liar/lyre" . Thus the play itself begins with a land whose name hints to lying and farce-making, and also with a shipwreck, another manifestation of destiny or of another irrational force."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Chambers, E. K. William Shakespeare, a Study of the Facts and Problems, New York: Clarendon Press, 1930
- Corti, Lillian The Myth of Medea and the Murder of the Children, New York: Greenwood Press, 1998
- Euripides Medea . http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/mirror/classics.mit.edu/Euripides/medea.pl.txt Hartmann, Geoffrey Shakespeare and the Question of Theory, New York: Methuen, 1995
- Page, Denys L. Medea, New York: Clarendon Press, 1992
- Shakespeare, William The Twelfth Night, http://www.william-shakespeare.info/act5-script-text-twelfth-night.htm
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