Mary Renault | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert Payne

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Mary Renault.
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Critical Essay by Robert Payne

[Mary Renault] has chosen to write a story for children about the Greeks defying the Persian empire ["The Lion in the Gateway"] and there is never any question about the purpose of the story. She tells it freshly, exultantly, as though it had never been told before. She has caught Herodotus's trick of making her heroes a little larger than life. She has a proper respect for Persian opulence and magnificence, and when she describes Darius or Xerxes she paints them in rainbow colors; and she does not underestimate the Persian bravery. But the Greeks run away with the story…. She gives pride of place to Pheidippides, who ran to Sparta to announce the coming of the Persians and saw the great god Pan along the way. It is a measure of her skill that she makes...

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