Aeschylus | Critical Essay by Richard S. Caldwell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Aeschylus.
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Critical Essay by Richard S. Caldwell

SOURCE: "The Pattern of Aeschylean Tragedy," in Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. 101, 1970, pp. 77-94.

In the following essay, Caldwell discerns an "oedipal pattern" operating in all of Aeschylus' plays. The "effect of a father upon his children," he claims, is "the most important single element in the total work of Aeschylus."

A major obstacle in the way of an inclusive, unified appreciation and criticism of the work of Aeschylus has been the tendency to study the plays (or trilogies) as discrete entities, related to the other plays only by distance and contrast. Thus the Persae, Septem, Supplices, Oresteia, and Prometheus have all been regarded, at different times and by different critics, as anomalies in the history of Greek tragedy, as virtually separate genres.

To be sure, wide-ranging diversity is exhibited in the Aeschylean corpus...

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