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Euripides’Writing Strategies in Foregrounding the Effects of Pity

Abstract : This text analyzes some Euripidean passages where the characters feel pity and compassion for the others and for themselves. Euripides uses these emotions as models for the audience, and also aims at changing some scenes from Eschylus’plays. In the deployment of pity and compassion, some provocative ideological elements appear : the nonsensical and arbitrary intervention of the gods, and the sense that pity is man’s only response to the scandal of human condition. Pity produces some form of resistance to cope with the hardship of life : for instance, its horizontal deployment creates solidarity among men. By suspending metaphysical reasons, the characters can accuse the world and the absurdity of the gods and place the answer to their misfortunes in the self both capable of suffering and aware of his miserable condition.
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Pietro Pucci. Euripides’Writing Strategies in Foregrounding the Effects of Pity. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2009, N.S.7, pp.227-245. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2479⟩. ⟨halshs-02090742⟩

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