Alcestis | Critical Essay by Kiki Gounaridou

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Alcestis.
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Critical Essay by Kiki Gounaridou

SOURCE: Gounaridou, Kiki. “Hypotheses.” In Euripides and Alcestis: Speculations, Simulations, and Stories of Love in the Athenian Culture, pp. 1-24. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc., 1998.

In the following excerpt, Gounaridou surveys numerous twentieth-century critical interpretations of the meaning of the Alcestis and concludes that the scholarly indeterminacy she finds reflects the deliberately ambiguous nature of the play.

Hypothesis I1

Apollo convinced the Fates to allow Admetus, who was condemned to die shortly, to find a voluntary substitute to die in his place. Alcestis, Admetus' wife, offered herself, when neither of the parents wished to die for their child. A short while after this disaster, Heracles visited Admetus' palace and a servant told him what had happened. Heracles went to Alcestis' grave, fought Death away, covered the woman with a veil, brought her back to...

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