The Time Elements Of The Orestean Trilogy Volume 2

Paperback | February 11, 2012

byJonathan Bayley Browder

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... THE TIME ELEMENTS OF THE ORESTEAN TRILOGY. INTRODUCTION. It will be the purpose of this paper to inquire into the length of time spanned by the action of the Oresteia. A great deal has been latterly written on this subject, particularly with regard to the individual plays. The Agamemnon has been compared with The Merchant of Venice in the matter of time elements. 1 Antonio's bond, we are told many times, is to mature in three months, but all the action intervening between the giving and forfeiture of the bond runs its course in a few days. During this short space the remaining days stealthily slip out of count. We are thus confronted by a two-fold "show of time"--a long interval and a short interval. No attempt is made to harmonize them; the difficulty is not even hinted at. The dramatist chooses to compress the historical time of three months into the fictitious time of "three days ", and he does it and "there's the end on't." And why may not a long period of slow-paced inaction be dramatically measured by a short period, filled to bursting with rapid, crowding incident? With Antonio time travels slowly, at least, if not "on crutches"; with Bassanio, bent on love and venture, it "gallops." Nothing is easier than to lose the needless "creeping hours" in company with the latter. But Shakespeare's "short time" in no sense gives the lie to his "long time." If either is to be indulged, it is the former; for there can be only one answer to 1 Dr. Horace Howard Furness, The Variorum Shakespeare, Vol. VII (1888) pp. 341-65. the question, How much time actually elapses between the giving and forfeiture of the bond? The "short time" is a sheer dramatic illusion; the only true reckoning is that established by the duration of the bond. In considering the Orestean tril...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... THE TIME ELEMENTS OF THE ORESTEAN TRILOGY. INTRODUCTION. It will be the purpose of this paper to inquire into the length of tim...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217109551

ISBN - 13:9780217109550

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