Love and loyalty, hatred and revenge, worry, deprivation, and political ambition: those are the explanations which thrust the characters portrayed in those 3 Sophoclean masterpieces directly to their collision path with catastrophe.
Recognized in his personal day as probably the best of the Greek tragedians, Sophocles' recognition has remained undimmed for 2 and a part thousand years. His maximum innovation within the tragic medium used to be his improvement of a primary tragic determine, confronted with a try out of will and personality, risking obloquy and dying instead of compromise his or her ideas: it truly is awesome that Antigone and Electra either have a lady as their intransigent 'hero'. Antigone dies really overlook her accountability to her relatives, Oedipus' choice to avoid wasting his urban leads to the terrible discovery that he has devoted either incest and parricide, and Electra's unremitting anger at her mom and her lover retains her in servitude and despair.
These bright translations mix beauty and modernity, and are impressive for his or her lucidity and accuracy. Their sonorous diction, economic system, and sensitivity to the various metres and modes of the unique musical supply lead them to both compatible for studying or theatrical peformance.
Readership: scholars of all university degrees in drama, classics, comparative literature, theatre stories. A-level `Classical Civilization' scholars.
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Extra resources for Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra (Oxford World's Classics)
After you have read each script, go back to evaluate these descriptions. How well do they function, in light of what you now know of the character’s behavior? Is there particular information you weren’t given about a character that would have been helpful? If there is change or growth in a character, how does the writer show this? ) These are the kinds of questions that screenwriters ask themselves on rereading a first draft, preparatory to going on to the next. ) As you read these scripts, note that script format is not a straitjacket but is flexible enough in its outlines to accommodate the very different writing styles of Towne, Khouri, Shapiro, Taylor, and Kusama.
Brief references to clothing, accessories, furniture, and setting establish that the story takes place in the 26 Writing the Short Film late 18th century—in fact, just before the French Revolution. And all of this has been told to us in just two pages of film script! A FEW WORDS ON THE WRITING EXERCISES IN THIS BOOK They are intended (1) as aids to freeing perception and imagination, (2) as explorations to be embarked upon without thought of evaluating results in the ordinary way, and (3) as finger exercises, to be used as warm-up for future scriptwriting.
5 Beyond the somewhat detached description of Miss Peach and the sigh, the box marked “auction” and the bare dining room set a feeling-tone that expresses in visual terms something about her inner state. In a metaphorical sense, the screenplay is about how that empty inner space becomes furnished. Note the different style of the language Taylor uses to describe his antagonist on her first appearance. Miss Peach is alone in the elevator of a Manhattan high-rise: INT. The elevator continues to rise, 25 .
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