Ajax | Critical Essay by Cedric H. Whitman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Ajax.
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Critical Essay by John Jones

SOURCE: Jones, John. “Ajax.” In On Aristotle and Greek Tragedy, pp. 177-91. New York: Oxford University Press, 1962.

In the following excerpt, Jones asserts that Ajax is the sole representative of shame culture in all of the extant Greek tragedies, and he praises Sophocles's handling of the moral atmosphere in the play.

Seven of [Sophocles's] plays survive. External information about them is meagre and seldom trustworthy, but the very credible statement that the Antigone was Sophocles's thirty-second play,1 together with the probability that it was produced in 442 or 441, provides a reliable date round which to arrange the surviving seven. In 441 Sophocles was fifty-five. He wrote about 120 plays in all. And so not much less than three-quarters of his output must be attributed to his late middle and old age. This would be a surprising and even suspicious...

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