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By Euripides, Philip Vellacott

One of many maximum playwrights of historic Greece, the works of Euripides (484-406 BC) have been innovative of their depiction of tragic occasions as a result of incorrect humanity, and of their use of the gods as symbols of human nature. the 3 performs during this assortment convey his talents because the sceptical questioner of his age. Alcestis, an early drama, tells the story of a queen who deals her personal existence in alternate for that of her husband; forged as a tragedy, it comprises passages of satire and comedy. The tragicomedy Iphigenia in Tauris melodramatically reunites the ill-fated little ones of Agamemnon, whereas the natural tragedy of Hippolytus exhibits the deadly influence of Phaedra's unreasoning ardour for her chaste stepson. All 3 performs discover a deep gulf that separates guy from girl, and all depict an international ruled via amoral forces past human regulate.

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When he sees the futility of riches on the island, the meaninglessness of money, the vanity of hoarding, and reaches the conclusion ‘‘That the good things of this world are no farther good to us, that they are for our Use,’’ he is on the way to salvation. The odd thing is that Selkirk is usually represented as a kind of marvel and of course he isn’t. He is just the singular fellow who returned to tell his tale of solitary survival. Crusoe insists that the reader see him as an unexceptional but a vivid warning, a living example of the ills of man, beset by hubris and discontent.

Yet such was the fright I had taken at the Moors and the dreadful apprehensions I had of falling into their hands, that I would not stop or go on shore or come to an anchor, the wind continuing fair, till I had sailed in that manner five days. And then the wind shifting to the southward, I concluded also that if any of our vessels were in chase of me, they also would now give over; so I ventured to make to the coast and came to an anchor in the mouth of a little river, I knew not what or where; neither what latitude, what country, what nation, or what river.

That it should cost me nothing for my passage, I consulted neither father or mother any more, nor so much as sent them word of it; but leaving them to hear of it as they might, without asking God’s blessing, or my father’s, without any consideration of circumstances or consequences, and in an ill hour, God knows, on the first of September, 1651, I went on board a ship bound for London. Never any young adventurer’s misfortunes, I believe, began sooner or continued longer than mine. The ship was no sooner gotten out of the Humber but the wind began to blow, and the sea to rise in a most frightful manner; and as I had never been at sea before, I was most inexpressibly sick in body and terrified in mind.

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