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The Origins of Tragedy

Advantages: Classic, unique amongst extant Greek tragedy in being historical - and the oldest, relatively easy to follow
Disadvantages: Not for everyone, not much action, basic structure

I’m not sure if it’s an interest in Plato and Aristotle that led to my wider interest in the classical Greek world, or if my interest in their philosophy is only itself a symptom of a prior interest in the ancient Hellenic world. Whatever, I read my first ...

a-true-ben 24.02.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Persians (Classics Companions) - Aeschylus

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Antigone

Advantages: Timeless theme of resistance to political authority, continuation of Oedipus, great dramatic language
Disadvantages: No real 'tragic hero', not much action

...After unintentionally finding that Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes formed a logical continuation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, I was pleased to discover the latter’s Antigone completed a trilogy of sorts, dealing with the same themes – the curse of Oedipus a ...

a-true-ben 15.11.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Antigone - Sophocles

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Fragility and a desire to escape

Advantages: Brilliant portrayal of characters
Disadvantages: A live performance would be better than the book

Set in 1930s America, the narrator tells us that 'The Glass Menagerie' is a memory play, and as such it is not realistic, as our memories select only what they want to remember. He tells us who the main characters in the play are, including Jim, the gentl ...

denella 15.12.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams

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A great haunting play

Advantages: Fantastic dialogue
Disadvantages: N/A

One of the greatest plays I ever read in contemporary American Literature is the Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams. It is a short but really intense play with a lot of thematic psychological features such as escapism and the post-depression American ...

diamond_sparkles 04.09.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie

Advantages: Literary masterpiece
Disadvantages: Lacks realism

..."The Glass Menagerie" is a play about a family in 1930's America torn apart by the abandonment of the father. It was Tennessee Williams's first successful play; he went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights. It was first performe ...

ReviewingExpertise 25.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams

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